Small Business to Set Up Commercial-Scale Melter
GTS Duratek has successfully moved its innovative vitrification process from the laboratory to commercial application as part of Argonne's Minimum Additive Waste Stabilization (MAWS) program. The company has formed a joint venture with Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc., to build a commercial vitrification system at an existing Chem-Nuclear waste management facility.
GTS Duratek previously demonstrated the MAWS process, at scale, on waste streams at DOE's Fernald Site, Fernald, OH. A DuraMelterTM300 was constructed at the Fernald Environmental Management Project for processing of radioactive wastes, and GTS Duratek was awarded a competitive contract for the country's first commercial-scale vitrification project to treat mixed waste at the Savannah River Site's M-Area.
Argonne combined its technical and administrative expertise to evaluate the company's technology and to expedite and manage the contractual aspects of the precommercial projects.
The MAWS program is supported by DOE's Office of Environmental Management, Office of Technology Development.
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