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STCU Project # 4129, “Development of Technology and Prototypes of Equipment for Electrochemical Radiological Decontamination of Industrial Equipment” was one of the selected projects from the 2006 Targeted Initiatives cycle between STCU and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This US$ 50,000 project was jointly financed by Canada, the EU, Ukraine, and the U.S. Scientists from Ukraine’s Verdansky Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry and Institute of Nuclear Research will develop electrochemical technologies to perform surface decontamination of industrial equipment, both in cases of accidentally radiological contamination or contamination due to normal nuclear power station operations.
These decontamination technologies will provide safe and economical restoration of expensive nuclear-related equipment, so that this equipment can be re-used safely and can avoid the need for special disposal and accumulation of dangerous materials. The project also will address the current problem of contaminated equipment in the shop area of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.