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Composition and process for the encapsulation and stabilization of radioactive, hazardous and mixed wastes

United States Patent

5,732,364
March 24, 1998
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The present invention provides a composition and process for disposal of radioactive, hazardous and mixed wastes. The present invention preferably includes a process for multibarrier encapsulation of radioactive, hazardous and mixed wastes by combining substantially simultaneously dry waste powder, a non-biodegradable thermoplastic polymer and an anhydrous additive in an extruder to form a homogenous molten matrix. The molten matrix may be directed in a "clean" polyethylene liner, allowed to cool, thus forming a monolithic waste form which provides a multibarrier to the dispersion of wastes into the environment.
Kalb; Paul D. (Wading River, NY), Colombo; Peter (Patchogue, NY)
Associated Universities, Inc. (Washington, DC)
08/ 781,003
January 9, 1997
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-ACO2-76CHOOO16, between the U.S. Department of Energy and Associated University, Inc. The Government has certain rights in the invention.