Decon Green can clean up the most toxic messes, developers claim

And it's environmentally friendly

5:54pm, May 5, 2010

U.S. Army scientists have invented a new cleaning product that can decontaminate surfaces tainted with nerve gas, anthrax spores and other nasty substances — and they say it’s environmentally friendly to boot.

Until now, chemical and biological warfare agents such as mustard gas, the nerve agent VX, anthrax spores or radioactive isotopes have each required their own cleaning agents, says research chemist George Wagner of the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Aberdeen, Md. “There wasn’t really any broad-spectrum decontaminant,” he says. And some of the cleaners that are typically used, such as products containing chlorine bleach, aren’t very environmentally friendly.

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