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October 23, 2001
chem-bio decon formulation used to rid D.C. Congressional offices of anthrax
Answer to anthrax -- Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mark Tucker
examines two petri dishes: one with a simulant of anthrax growing in it, the other
treated with a new decontaminating foam developed at Sandia. Sandia licensed commercialization
rights to the foam last year to two companies: Modec, Inc. and EnviroFoam Technologies.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. EnviroFoam Technologies (EFT) of Huntsville, Ala.,
announced today that the company has been contracted by the federal government
to help remediate the Hart Senate Office Complex and Dirkson Congressional Offices
in Washington, D.C. thought to be contaminated with trace levels of anthrax.
The Department of Energys Sandia National Laboratories, where the formulation
was developed, licensed rights to manufacture and distribute the formulation to
EFT last year. Sandias development of the formulation was funded by DOEs
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) through its Chemical and Biological
National Security Program. (For more about the development, see www.sandia.gov/media/cbwfoam.htm.)
Over the weekend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tested the kill
effectiveness of EFTs EasyDECON AB (anthrax blend). The test regimen, funded
by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), confirmed the effectiveness
of EasyDECON against anthrax, according to EFT officials.
EFT CEO and President Peter Beucher says EasyDECON was chosen because the
product kills the anthrax spore and because it is safe to use and environmentally
friendly. Traditional methods of remediation after chemical or biological contamination
have employed bleach as a neutralizing agent, but it is destructive and labor-intensive
to apply. (For more about the EasyDECON product, see EFTs web site at www.easydecon.com.)
EasyDECON can be delivered as a liquid or foam and has been tested against live agents. Foam was chosen for this incident due to its reliability and consistency.
In laboratory tests at Sandia the decon formulation destroyed simulants of anthrax, several chemical agents, and viral particles.
It has performed well against biological agents such as anthrax as well as some of the most worrisome chemical warfare agents, says co-developer Mark Tucker of Sandia.
Sandia has licensed the formulation to two companies: EFT and Modec, Inc. of Denver, Colo.
EFT was founded two years ago to commercialize EasyDECON. In June 2001 EFT
broadened the Sandia relationship with an exclusive cooperative research and development
agreement for the expansion of the EasyDECON product line. The company provides
its decontamination products directly to the federal government and through a
distribution network to local government agencies, as well as strategic commercial
and industrial markets.
Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.
Sandia Media contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 844-5199
EnviroFoam Media contact:
Peter Beucher, email@example.com, (256) 319-0137
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