Adsorbents help clean contaminated water at Fukushima plant

Honeywell's UOP LLC's absorbent materials are being used to clean radiation-contaminated water at a Japan nuclear power plant.

DES PLAINES, IL, March 20, 2013 -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced that its adsorbent materials have been used to clean nearly 100 million gallons of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Honeywell's UOP IONSIV™ Selective Media adsorbents have been used by Toshiba Corp. and Shaw Global Services LLC as part of the Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY), which is being used to treat wastewater that was contaminated after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Honeywell's UOP material has been used in the system since August 2011 and has reduced cesium to below detectable levels.

"We are committed to partnering with those on-site to continue removing radioactive contaminants from all water sources," said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's UOP Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties business unit.

Honeywell's UOP IONSIV Selective Media adsorbents are crystalline materials designed to remove radioactive ions, particularly cesium and strontium, from liquids as well as contaminants such as mercury and sulfur compounds.

The SARRY system, developed by Toshiba, Shaw and AVANTech, Inc., has operated problem-free at the plant since its installation. Cleanup efforts are still underway ,and IONSIV adsorbents are expected to remain in use for the next 10 years to remove cesium and strontium from various contaminated water sources at Fukushima.

About UOP

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. and is part of Honeywell's Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group. For more information, go to www.uop.com.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

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