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Development of An Automated System to Measure Tritium in Groundwater: A toll to…

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Solicitation Topic Code:
32 b
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Small Business Information
6100 S MAPLE STE 114 TEMPE, AZ 85283-2872
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Development of An Automated System to Measure Tritium in Groundwater: A toll to Enable Remote Field Monitoring for the Presence and Migration of Tritium at contaminated DOE and nuclear generating site
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER86476
Award Amount: $99,830.00


The long-term monitoring of groundwater contamination plumes to determine the fate of contaminants in the environment is expensive and labor intensive. Current baseline methods have resulted in monitoring programs that collect less data than is required to fully understand the fate and transport mechanisms of the contaminants. An automated field-deployable monitoring system using a separation/scintillation method will be developed to monitor tritium concentrations. The system will be capable of being deployed and operated in the field for several months measuring iodine concentrations below the regulatory limits at a lower cost than the baseline methods. A prototype analytical system was developed and tested. The system successfully detected tritium below the regulatory limit and appeared to have the necessary attributes for deployment in the field. The Phase II will further reduce the risks of the technologies with field deployment of two systems to allow for near real-time monitoring at Hanford or other DOE Sites.Commercial Applications and other Benefits: The system has application at DOE sites with radiological contaminants (Hanford Site, Washington). The system will decrease monitoring costs, enhance the understanding of the fate of the radiologicals in the environment, and ultimately decrease the cost of groundwater remediation activities

Principal Investigator:

Scott R. Burge

Business Contact:

David A. Hoffman
Small Business Information at Submission:

Burge Environmental, Inc.
6100 South Maple Avenue Suite 114 Tempe, AZ 85283-2872

EIN/Tax ID: 860786959
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle
Richland, WA 99352-