BES Technologies LLC, or BEST, has reached a major milestone by recycling one million gallons of radiological waste water through its laundry operations at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
“This represents the prevention of one million gallons of water that would have gone into our environment, but instead was cleaned and re-used,” a press release said. “This recycling process not only avoids environmental insult, but also allows for savings to be passed on to customers by cleaning and reusing water.”
The press release said the laundering service uses a state-of-the-art radiological water treatment system, and it is able to reuse more than 70 percent of the water used in its process.
BEST’s customers include U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration sites, as well as private nuclear operations facilities.
BEST will celebrate with a Monday morning ceremony at the company’s Oak Ridge facility at ETTP, which is in west Oak Ridge. The ceremony is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m Monday, May 11, and it will feature U.S. Representative John J. Duncan Jr., who will be the guest speaker, and employees of BEST and Smoky Mountain Solutions, representatives of AquaRecycle, and some local business leaders.
The system is designed by AquaRecycle, whose representative will be at Monday’s ceremony to present an award for the achievement.
BEST is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business.
The BEST Oak Ridge Facility is at 2010 Highway 58, Suite 1106, in Oak Ridge.
BEST currently is a protégé with Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Mentor-Protégé Program. BEST is part of a joint venture, Smoky Mountain Solutions (SMS), with Omega Technical Services. BEST/SMS provides respirator, laundry, water, and other environmental services to the radiological community.