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Document ID (ISN)59378
CIS number 93-190
ISSN - Serial title 1047-3289 - Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Frank U., Esposito C., Sullivan D.
Title Personnel protection through reconnaissance robotics at Superfund remedial sites
Bibliographic information Mar. 1992, Vol.42, No.3, p.341-345. Illus. 3 ref.
Abstract Investigation, mitigation, and clean-up of hazardous materials at US Superfund (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) sites normally requires on-site workers to perform potentially dangerous functions. Workers conducting air monitoring risk dermal, ocular and inhalation exposure to hazardous chemicals, while those performing excavations also risk potential exposure to fire, explosion, and other physical injury. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) current efforts to protect its workers include the use of robotic devices. The paper describes the demonstration of a commercially available robotic platform modified and equipped for air monitoring and the ongoing research for the development of a ground penetrating radar (GPR) system to detect buried chemical waste drums.
Descriptors (primary) hazardous locations; waste site cleanup; environmental pollution; robots; distance protection
Descriptors (secondary) disposal of harmful waste; detection; air sampling; safe distances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Browse category(ies) Explosions
Waste collection and disposal
Safety devices
Environmental pollution