Report: Radiation levels at Chernobyl were naturally reduced by Hazel Park’s Exlterra

Technology developed by Exlterra at Hazel Park has reduced radiation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Pictured are President Andrew Niemczyk (left) and CEO Frank Muller at the 2.5-acre test site where the technology has been installed. The photo was taken on November 10, 2021 at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone test site. // Courtesy of Exlterra

One year after the deployment of Hazel Park’s Exlterra Passive Core Separation System (NSPS) in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, radiation levels from soil and air have been significantly reduced by natural means, according to the results of SSE Ecocentre, the Ukrainian state-owned company. in charge of radiological and environmental monitoring at Chernobyl.

Exlterra’s NSPS underground technology was installed on a 1 hectare (2.5 acres) site in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone between November 2019 and September 2020.

NSPS patented technology accelerates the decay of radioactive elements by harnessing existing energy in the soil in a sustainable process that does not use any chemicals or materials harmful to the environment. At Chernobyl, 4,849 specially designed polyethylene tubes make up the site’s NSPS system.

Based on the results of the SSE ecocentre tests – the organization measured both before and after the installation of the tubes – ground radiation was reduced by 46.6% and air radiation was reduced. Decreased by 37% on the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone test site section over a 12-month period. period.

“These results are remarkable,” says Sergiy Kireiev, director general of the SSE ecocentre in Chernobyl. “This is the first time in 35 years that such a technology has succeeded in reducing the level of radioactivity in soil and air so significantly. It is a real hope for the whole area, including the treatment of the sarcophagus.

On April 26, 1986, following a series of tests, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, releasing radiation into the atmosphere. It is considered the world’s worst nuclear disaster and has resulted in the deaths of several dozen security and fire personnel, in addition to contributing to cancer and other illnesses in people living in and around Chernobyl.

NSPS technology uses scientific concepts from particle physics and nuclear energy to solve the problem of severe radioactive contamination. It harnesses high-speed particles, also known as positrons, to direct this natural force to radioactive isotopes in the soil and break the bonds that hold them together.

The system, known as the de-reactor, operates safely below the ground surface and no radioactivity is released further into the ground or above ground into the air. Once the affected positrons come in contact with the radioactive isotope in tube technology, it joins an electron and annihilates itself returning to its original material, destroying the radioactive material.

“This 12-month radioactivity reduction will allow us to bring this plot back to its original radioactivity level over a 5-year period,” said Frank Muller, CEO of Exlterra. “We will continue to offer our services to help the Chernobyl exclusion site, including the area around Plant 4, and we also want to quickly offer our solution to other problematic sites around the world, including Fukushima in Japan. We can prevent the release of radioactive water into the oceans and thus prevent another ecological catastrophe.

Following a tsunami triggered by an earthquake in northern Japan in March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was badly affected. In recent years, as part of the cleanup, the Japanese government has offered to dump radioactive water stored at the plant’s site into the Pacific Ocean.

The methodology and measurement processes at Chernobyl were carried out by the SSE ecocentre according to the same parameters (typology, depths, location, instruments) for the first measurements before the installation of the NSPS and for the recent measurements.

Radiation levels were measured at distances of 5cm and 1m from the ground, respectively, while soil sampling was performed at a depth of 100cm below the surface. The following radionuclides have been measured in soil: Cs137; Sr90; and Am241.

“What seemed impossible is now a reality,” says Andrew Niemczyk, President and CTO of Exlterra, which developed the technology. “NSPS is an innovation that allows positrons to naturally accelerate in a passive system to remove contaminated areas. It harnesses renewable energy sources found in nature to dramatically speed up the natural process of decomposing contaminants in the soil.

“That’s what makes this invention unique – it uses natural energies to solve industrial pollution without resorting to chemical substitutes or soil manipulation.”

Besides the treatment of radioactivity, NSPS technology can also be used to treat other types of soil contamination, including heavy metals and perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS), which are very problematic for the environment.

“We are only at the beginning of the virtuous application of such technology,” says Niemczyk. “As with our other successfully commercialized technologies, we have shown that we can use nature’s resources to heal the wounds we inflict on it. The common denominator of our technologies, installed underground, is the use of natural and renewable forces to achieve tangible results.

The design and installation of NSPS technology was part of Niemczyk’s life story captured in the book “Ground For Freedom: Saving Chernobyl”, written by DBusiness editor RJ King and published on 35e anniversary of the Chernobyl accident on April 26, 1986. The book and e-book are available on Amazon at

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