Catholic U. Lands Grant for Nuclear Waste Conversion

The Catholic University of America announced Friday that it had been awarded one of the largest research contracts in its history to work on converting liquid nuclear waste to glass, a process that renders it comparatively stable and safe.

The university's Vitreous State Laboratory has landed the first of several contracts totaling $36 million to work on one of the nation's two largest sites of high-level nuclear waste, along the Savannah River in South Carolina. The lab is already working there and at the larger Hanford site, along the Columbia River in Washington state. The contract runs for six years.

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