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Recovery of Tritium from Pharmaceutical Mixed Waste Liquids

W. T. Shmayda, R. D. Gallagher

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 41 / Number 3P2 / May 2002 / Pages 726-730

Decontamination and Waste / Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology Tsukuba, Japan November 12-16, 2001 /

A facility to recover tritium from liquid waste streams generated by the pharmaceutical industry in their drug development programs has been designed and fabricated and is in various stages of completion. This facility comprises four units: oxidation, water purification, electrolysis, and isotope separation. The oxidation system has been fully commissioned. The water purification system has been designed but not yet constructed. The electrolysis system has been installed, and final acceptance commissioning completed. Functional testing of the isotope separation system is underway. The entire facility is expected to process active materials in mid 2002.

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