Safety in Drinking Water? Monitoring for Radioactive ContaminantsOnly Required Every Three, Six, or Nine Years per Federal Law

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Courtesy of Technical Associates

Current federal law requires testing of drinking water for radionuclides, “hazardous radioactive materials” every three, six, or nine years. The states have the option to increase testing frequency. [Federal Register Year 2000; page 76746. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html]

An incident of terrorism, accident, or improper disposal of radioactive materials will surely contaminate America’s public water systems. Such a catastrophe would impact the population with increased cancer and associated illnesses and the enormous cost of replacing the critical water treatment and distribution network.

The risk of such contamination is real and cannot be ignored. Community water sources are vulnerable and such infrequent monitoring poses a real threat to national security.

“Imagine the scope of damage from pulling water from a radiation contaminated lake or reservoir, pumping it around the city, and unknowingly drinking it for three years?” asks Technical Associates CEO Bob Goldstein, “The logical solution is 24/7 monitoring at the treatment plant and distribution point.”

In response to this threat, Technical Associates created ‘NexGen-SSS.’ World-wide this is the only instrumentation available providing 24/7 monitoring of American’s vulnerable water systems for radionuclide contamination. The NexGen-SSS, recently tested by the Environmental Protection Agency is the latest version of the SSS-33-5FT currently in use in several locations including the Los Alamos and Jefferson National Laboratories. Technical Associates is proud to announce the NexGen-SSS - http://www.tech-associates.com/dept/sales/product-info/nexgen-sss.pdf. The NexGen-SSS is now in use in the Fairfax Utility District of Washington DC.

The heightened sensitivity of this model meets and exceeds the U.S. DHS (Department of Homeland Security) 2009 Protective Action Guidelines (PAGs) for Gamma, Alpha, and Beta levels of radiation (http://www.fema.gov/good_guidance/download/10260).

The UniTect is the NexGen-SSS with an integrated monitoring system, providing comprehensive instrumentation for real time integrated monitoring of radionuclides, chemicals, and biological elements in drinking and wastewater. This recent break through integrated monitoring system is the complete CBRN Chemical Biological and Radiation Detection System UniTect. Information can be found at: http://www.tech-associates.com/dept/sales/product-info/TABrochure.pdf

“The minimum three year interval for radiation testing of drinking water is outrageous and indefensible now that Technical Associates’ new technology makes complete real-time measurement systems readily available,” adds Goldstein

TA’s 24/7 systems have been available since 2005 and some are listed in the EPA’s Water and Wastewater Security Product Guide.”

http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/watersecurity/guide/productguide.cfm?page=radiationdetectionequipment3

BOUT TECHNICAL ASSOCIATES
Technical Associates, “TA” was founded in 1947 as a spin off from the Manhattan Project. TA’s founders designed and built the first industrial grade radiation monitors to safeguard the scientists building the world’s first atomic bomb. TA excels in product engineering for radiation measurement and safety instruments for diverse requirements; the result of 62 years of dedication and commitment to radiation monitoring.

Technical Associates radiation detectors and monitors are used globally, in the fields of research, medicine, municipal water districts, industry, power plants, environmental protection, military, police, fire protection, and national security.

ABOUT TA WATER MONITORING SYSTEMS:
Alarms and data records are an integral part of both instruments. The UniTect and the NextGen-SSS systems are both easily integrated into the existing infrastructure of water utilities and wastewater treatment plants.

This state-of-the-art instrumentation makes the detection of alpha and beta radionuclides in water at the required levels of detection possible for the first time. These instruments were designed with industry input and manufactured with EPA’s 2009 PAG levels specifically in mind.

A Tritium Detector is optional for the Model NexGen-SSS and measures the 2009 PAG Tritium levels.

The most recent breakthrough monitoring system is the complete CBRN Chemical Biological and Radiation Detection System UniTect. Information can be found at: http://www.tech-associates.com/dept/sales/product-info/TABrochure.pdf

Technical Associates is proud to announce the NextGen-SSS - http://www.tech-associates.com/dept/sales/product-info/nexgen-sss.pdf.

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