Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste Sites

Scientists believe that using gold-palladium nanoparticles may have an impact on other toxic waste sites, such as the Hanford Nuclear Waste Site located in the southeastern part of Washington State. The site, near the Columbia River, contains nuclear waste material since the end of World War II. Many environmental activists are concerned that the waste will get into the groundwater. So, maybe a new kind of treatment method using nanoparticles could play a role in preventing the spread of the nuclear wastes into the groundwater.

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