POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2011
A Honolulu company is donating $250,000 worth of radiological decontamination products and technical services to Japan in response to the nuclear crisis after the March 11 tsunami.
CBI Polymers LLC will ship 10 pallets of its DeconGel decontaminant to the Tohoku region at the request of the Japanese Medical Association, the company announced yesterday.
A technical and senior executive team from CBI Polymers also has been sent to Japan to help train and assist public health and safety agencies on how to use the product to contain and remove radioactive particles.
"We are all very concerned with the situation in Japan and there has been a broad-based effort to provide assistance," said former Gov. George Ariyoshi, who serves on the company board of directors, in a statement. "I am extremely proud of the fact that a technology invented and developed in Hawaii will be making a difference to help our close friend and ally during her time of great need."
DeconGel is a novel polymer-based substance that is applied as a gel to a contaminated surface. It then hardens and encapsulates radiological and chemical agents and allows them to be safely peeled off.