ARC researchers in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory Carlsbad Field Office are investigating how a salt-resistent microbe may be affecting the mobility of contaminants at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a deep geologic repository for permanent disposal of transuranic radioactive waste that is a byproduct of the nation’s nuclear defense program.

Dr. Hilary Emerson is working with DOE Fellow, Frances Zengotita to quantify both the mobility of the contaminants in the presence of microbes and the remobilization potential by microbes after sorption to subsurface minerals.


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