Enzymatic degradation of plutonium-contaminated cellulose products

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Enzyme solutions produced for commercial purposes unrelated to waste management have the potential for reducing the volume of wastes in streams containing cellulose, lipid and protein materials. For example, the authors have shown that cellulases used in denim production and in detergent formulations are able to digest cellulose-containing sorbents and other cellulose-based wastes contaminated either with crude oil or with radionuclides. This presentation describes the use of one such enzyme preparation (Rapidase{trademark}) for the degradation of cotton sorbents intentionally contaminated with low levels of plutonium. This is part of a feasibility study to determine if such treatments have a role ... continued below

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Heintz, C.E.; Rainwater, K.A.; Swift, L.M.; Barnes, D.L.; Worl, L. & Avens, L. March 1, 1999.

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Enzyme solutions produced for commercial purposes unrelated to waste management have the potential for reducing the volume of wastes in streams containing cellulose, lipid and protein materials. For example, the authors have shown that cellulases used in denim production and in detergent formulations are able to digest cellulose-containing sorbents and other cellulose-based wastes contaminated either with crude oil or with radionuclides. This presentation describes the use of one such enzyme preparation (Rapidase{trademark}) for the degradation of cotton sorbents intentionally contaminated with low levels of plutonium. This is part of a feasibility study to determine if such treatments have a role in reducing the volume of low level and transuranic wastes to minimize the amount of radionuclide-contaminated waste that must be disposed of in secured storage areas.

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INIS; OSTI as DE99002052

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  • Waste management `99 symposium, Tucson, AZ (United States), 28 Feb - 4 Mar 1999

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  • Other: DE99002052
  • Report No.: LA-UR--99-445
  • Report No.: CONF-990201--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/350862 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 329500
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc674992

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Heintz, C.E.; Rainwater, K.A.; Swift, L.M.; Barnes, D.L.; Worl, L. & Avens, L. Enzymatic degradation of plutonium-contaminated cellulose products, article, March 1, 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc674992/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.