CET, LLC, demonstrates anthrax spore destruction system

CET, LLC, recently took part in a bioterrorism exercise at Joint Base Louis-McChord. Officials said the exercise was held to help beef up U.S. preparedness to respond and recover from a bioterrorist attack.

Part of the exercise included CET’s demonstration of the Peridox with Electrostatic Decontamination System to destroy anthrax spores in an urban backdrop. Peridox with EDS is the only EPA-registered decontaminant available for use destroying anthrax spores on surfaces. It must be applied by military and/or professional handlers.

Officials used a Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain site to hold the exercise, which gave the biological defense agencies the opportunity to see decontamination in a realistic context. The military has a number of MOUT sites, which contain buildings and streets to practice operations within the constraints of dense populations and valuable assets.

Urban areas are selected as targets by terrorists because they hold a society’s transportation, political and cultural centers.

The military has numerous MOUT sites to practice operations within the constraints of dense populations and valuable assets. The MOUT Site used in the exercise is an artificial village complete with office buildings, a school, a church with a cemetery, a post office, small shops, streets and alleys.

The exercise, part of a $35 million program organized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, has been ongoing since 2007.