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  • Main Title Enzymatic degradation of plutonium-contaminated cellulose products


  • Author: Heintz, C.E.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Rainwater, K.A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Swift, L.M.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX (United States)
  • Author: Barnes, D.L.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium, TX (United States)
  • Author: Worl, L.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Avens, L.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico
    Additional Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1999-03-01


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.
  • Physical Description: 13 p.


  • Keyword: Low-Level Radioactive Wastes
  • Keyword: Alpha-Bearing Wastes
  • Keyword: Cellulose
  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Processing
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Performance Testing
  • Keyword: Enzymatic Hydrolysis


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


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


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


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