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THERMO INSTRUMENT SELECTED TO DEVELOP MOBILE MONITOR FOR SURVEYING CONTAMINATION AT HANFORD SITE

 THERMO INSTRUMENT SELECTED TO DEVELOP MOBILE MONITOR
 FOR SURVEYING CONTAMINATION AT HANFORD SITE
 WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Instrument Systems Inc. (AMEX: THI) today announced that a subsidiary has been awarded a contract for mobile surface-contamination monitoring equipment to survey radiation at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Reservation.
 The company's National Nuclear Corporation subsidiary will design and manufacture the equipment under a contract with Westinghouse Hanford Company, management and operating contractor for the federal facility in Washington state. The contract for an initial mobile monitor, scheduled for shipment by year-end, plus an option for a second vehicle, has a value of approximately $1 million. This is the second generation of this type of equipment to be used on Hanford's new mission of environmental restoration and is designed to speed cleanup activities and reduce costs.
 The mobile surface-contamination monitor consists of tractor-mounted radiation detection instrumentation and a satellite-linked global positioning system for accurately establishing the vehicle's location. The radiation detection and measurement instruments include a movable 15-foot-wide array of shielded beta- and gamma-sensitive detectors and matching reference detectors that determine natural background radiation. As the mobile monitor drives over the terrain, its on-board computer system displays and records radiation and
location data each second. The information can then be transferred to an office-based computer that plots and prints the survey results on a map.
 "Determining the nature and extent of contamination is an early and important step in the Department of Energy's environmental, health, and safety improvement programs at Hanford and other current and formerly used facilities throughout the country," said John T. Keiser, Thermo Instrument Systems vice president and head of its nuclear radiation monitoring instruments group. "We are pleased to have been awarded this contract, because the mobile monitor and adaptations of its technologies can play an important role in the federal government's long-term cleanup effort."
 The Hanford site, an area of 560 square miles, produced materials for nuclear defense from 1944 until 1987. Its primary mission now is to develop and implement technologies for nuclear and hazardous waste management and cleanup. There are more than a dozen Department of Energy facilities subject to environmental restoration activities that have an estimated cost of more than $150 billion over the next 30 years.
 Thermo Instrument Systems develops, manufactures, and markets analytical instruments used to detect and monitor air pollution, radioactivity, complex chemical compounds, and toxic metals and other elements in a broad range of liquids and solids. The company also provides environmental science and engineering services, laboratory- based testing, and nuclear health physics services. Thermo Instrument Systems is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
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