Encapsulating Waste Disposal Methods

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-13-028
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-13-028
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: G
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12345 West 52nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO, -
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian France
 (303) 940-2357
 bfrance@tda.com
Business Contact
 John Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
The release of chemical and biological agents on a large scale urban environment would be devastating. The amount of waste generated during such an event would be comparable to a tornado ripping through a town. Building materials, furniture, office materials, building insulation, wood structures could become contaminated to a level that they could not be decontaminated without their destruction. Tons of waste would be generated during the cleanup and remediation of even the smallest event. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the lead federal agency for the remediation of public areas contaminated with chemical and biological threat agents.§ Transportation and disposal of waste generated in chemical or biological event is known to be a potential cost driver for the remediation process. TDA proposes to develop an encapsulation method that will seal in chemical and biological agent contamination on solid wastes that are designated forremoval from the site. This barrier will benefit the mitigation effort in three ways: First, it will improve the safety of personnel by protecting them from both vapor/aerosol and contact hazards. Second, it can lower the transportation costs because the contaminants are sealed with impermeablepolymer matrix. Third, it can lower the cost of ultimate disposal in a landfill, or by incineration or gasification. In this Phase I project, TDA will demonstrate the feasibility of an encapsulation approach to allow safe transport and disposal of these materials.

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