US firms offer tritium monitoring solution

16 March 2010

Two US firms have teamed up to offer tritium-monitoring solutions for the nuclear industry. Locus Technologies, an industry leader in web-based environmental compliance and information management software, and Overhoff Technology Corporation, designer and manufacturer of tritium monitors and radiation monitoring systems, have partnered to offer a complete tritium monitoring solution.

The Locus/Overhoff solution provides a complete system for tritium monitoring. It includes Overhoff’s newest model of stack monitor (CAM-TC), that reads, analyzes and records beta-gamma particulates, iodine, noble gases, carbon-14, tritium and optionally, alpha particulates. The data captured by the CAM-TC monitors is immediately passed to Locus’s EIM software where it is managed and integrated with groundwater and other monitoring data. Within EIM, graphs can be plotted, reports generated, maps can be produced and statistical analyses performed.

“Nearly all of the activities associated with water and air protection at nuclear power plants, including the assessment of site characteristics, the ongoing monitoring of site conditions, and decommissioning of old plants or permitting of new plants, involve the collection and/or analysis of data. The tools and systems used to manage and store this information must satisfy strict NRC security and QA/QC requirements such as NQA-1 or ISO 9001:2008 to ensure that only the appropriate people can access the data, and that the quality of the data adheres to the highest NRC standards… These requirements are instantly met using Locus/Overhoff monitoring and data management solution.” said Dr. Neno Duplan, president and CEO of Locus.

“We are very pleased to join with Locus to bring an integrated and elegant solution to address the nuclear industry’s tritium monitoring needs,” said Dr. Robert I. Goldstein, president and CEO of Overhoff.

According to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), roughly 30 of the USA’s 104 reactor units have experienced tritium leaks. Although none of the leaks have impacted public health or safety, this has raised concerns within the industry and among watchdog groups nationwide.

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