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Evaluation of Low-Tech Indoor Remediation Methods Following Wide Area Radiological/Nuclear Incidents

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Evaluation of Low-Tech Indoor Remediation Methods Following Wide Area Radiological/Nuclear Incidents. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-17/021, 2017.

Impact/Purpose:

This study identified, collected, and evaluated available articles, reports, guidance documents, and other pertinent information related to common housekeeping activities within the United States. This resulted in a compendium including relevant information about multiple low-tech cleaning methods from the literature search results. Through discussion and prioritization, an EPA project team, made up of several EPA scientists and emergency responders, focused the information into a list of 14 housekeeping activities for decontamination evaluation testing. These types of activities are collectively referred to as “low-tech” remediation methods because of the comparative simple tools, equipment, and operations involved. Similarly, eight common household surfaces were chosen that were contaminated using three different contamination conditions. Thirty-three combinations of methods and surfaces were chosen for testing under the three contamination conditions for a total of 99 tests. The objective of the work described here is to collect information and experimental data needed for technical experts to provide simple and useful guidance for residents of the effects of using low-tech remediation options available in the United States.

Description:

Report

URLs/Downloads:

EVALUATION OF LOW-TECH INDOOR REMEDIATION METHODS FOLLOWING WIDE AREA RADIOLOGICAL/NUCLEAR INCIDENTS   (PDF,NA pp, 1459 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 03/23/2017
Record Last Revised: 03/14/2019
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 335806

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER

DECON AND CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT DIVISION