Hundreds of contaminated sites around the Savannah River Site led a Northwestern company to bring a hazardous-materials trade show to Augusta on Wednesday and Thursday.
Organizers of the show at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center expect as many as 2,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and England to attend. Nearly 100 firms will have exhibits on nuclear and industrial materials handling, as well as environmental remediation.
Admission is free with company identification. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
TRICIPE CSRA, a division of CrossRoads TradeShows based near the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state, has sponsored similar shows near Hanford for four years. Its name comes from the "Tri-Cities Plant Engineering" industry around Hanford and the "Central Savannah River Area."
"Exhibitors at the Hanford shows kept telling us we should do one on the East Coast," said Carolyn Tillia of TRICIPE TradeShows. "We chose the Augusta location because, like the Tri-Cities area, it's in the backyard of one of the world's biggest environmental cleanup projects - in this case, the Savannah River Site."
On display will be equipment for handling waste, such as virtual-reality simulators, robots and the Department of Energy's TRUPACT-II container. TRUPACT, for example, underwent extensive drop, puncture and burn tests before certification to haul contaminated clothing and tools between SRS and DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
In addition to the trade show, officials from DOE and Westinghouse Corp. will present an overview on SRS' future technological needs on the first day. On the second day, industry representatives will discuss current technology, followed by small group discussions.