[ RadSafe ] Company Looking for Some Ion Exchange Expertise

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Mar 30 11:24:55 CDT 2015

I am with you, Peter; they should be careful on how they reduce volume and/or weight.  It will not be a cost savings if they have to dispose of the sludge as low level radioactive waste.

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Peter Collopy
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:45 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Company Looking for Some Ion Exchange Expertise

I have an engineering buddy that works for a companyre-processing flowback water from the hydro-fracturing process in oil and gasproduction.

They are trying to remove the radium from thewater but want to do so in a way where they do not have ;large volumes ofsludge. I have already warned them of the potential for creating a fairlysignificant exposure rate by concentrating the radium to say nothing of disposal issues.

They still want to explore various ideas so I told him Iwould reach out to the radiological safety community and see if I could hookhim up with people who have lots of experience with chemical treatment systemsinvolving radiological contaminants. These guys know waste water and how to treatit but are a bit lacking in the rad end.

Right now they are treating with sulfate to remove the barium (and of course the radium comes with it) and have a crystallizer (super duper evaporator) as part of their treatment system. They'll produce about a 25 yd3 roll off of sludge every other day so they want to reduce the disposal cost by reducing the volume.

So if anyone on radsafe wants to pass a name and contact info byme I’ll see that he gets it.
Pete C

Peter Collopy, CIH, CHP, CSP 

Director, Entropy Control 

Chaos for the Future 

1777 Bristol Road

Bristol  ME  04539

You are currently subscribed to the RadSafe mailing list

Before posting a message to RadSafe be sure to have read and understood the RadSafe rules. These can be found at: http://health.phys.iit.edu/radsaferules.html

For information on how to subscribe or unsubscribe and other settings visit: http://health.phys.iit.edu

More information about the RadSafe mailing list