Development of Cooling Towers as Non-Traditional Collectors of Particles, Biological Agents: Concentration, and Detection
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Location(s): Aiken, South Carolina
Office(s): Savannah River Operations Office
This research will provide proof-of-concept for a novel biological surveillance system that integrates cooling towers as distributed, passive, environmental collectors of potential airborne bioagents (or other Weapons of Mass Destruction agent particles) using a unique particle concentrator from the University of South Florida (USF) with biodetection of Legionella pneumophila (Lp), a natural airborne pathogen which is already part of Savannah River National Laboratory's Biosurveillance Program. We will also use Bacillus thuringiensis (BTI), in a commercial pesticide (Aquabac), applied as a spray for microbial recovery analysis. A cooling tower, 285-11F, has been identified as an approved tower for testing.