Radioactive contamination poses a threat to local ecosystems and the surrounding communities. Whether the materials are naturally occurring or a byproduct of industrial activity, the presence of radioactive soils is undesirable. RECON has worked on remediation projects that require the use of radioactive soil sorting to assess and remedy the presence of residual radioactive materials such as thorium and its isotopes, as well as radium-226, radium-228, and radon gas. RECON has performed this type of work in commercial districts and power plants.
RECON provides rapid and accurate radioactive soil sorting with its state-of-the-art soil sorting technology. RECON has the capabilities to excavate and sort up to 300,000 tons of contaminated materials and up to 15 feet below ground surface. In order to sort out radioactive contaminated soils from clean soil, RECON uses a site-specific computerized system with analyzing software and radiation detecting systems to ensure that the impacted materials are indentified and placed in the correct stockpile for final disposal. RECON begins by delineating the area into grids and then excavating to the required depths. As materials are excavated, RECON presorts the soils and removes the larger rocks and debris. The materials are then placed on a feed conveyor belt where they are processed and sorted for appropriate disposal using RECON’s analyzing software. Once materials are shipped to appropriate disposal sites and the site is re-vegetated, RECON can install a clean-fill cover system to the site.
A RECON Health Physicist and Site Safety Officer oversee every step of this process and thermal luminescent dosimeters (TLDs) for exposure monitoring is used on the project. RECON’s SMEs have experience developing Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved work plans, procedures, and radiation health and safety plans.