Development of Cooling Towers as Non-Traditional Collectors of Particles, Biological Agents: Concentration, and Detection
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Location(s): South Carolina
Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office
This research will provide proof-of-concept for a novel radiological, chemical, and biological surveillance system that integrates cooling towers as distributed, passive, environmental collectors of potential airborne bioagents (or other WMD 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. Savannah River Site cooling towers across the site will be used for sampling purposes.