Company Overview

Company Overview

Kurion creates technological solutions to minimize and stabilize nuclear and hazardous waste for safe, secure and permanent disposal.

Kurion’s suite of waste separation, stabilization and robotic technologies are complemented by engineering and environmental services that together provide an execution platform to service the world’s largest nuclear and hazardous waste sites.

Backed by venture capital firms Lux Capital, Firelake Capital and Acadia Woods Partners, the Kurion executive team employs a collective 150 years of industry experience managing nuclear and hazardous waste for commercial and government sites worldwide.

Kurion is based in Irvine, Calif., and operates a technology development center at its radioactive materials licensed facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.; a detritiation testing facility in Houston, Texas; two facilities in Richland, Wash., for non-radioactive demonstration testing, engineering and storage of mobile systems; and an office in Loveland, Colo. for engineering design and development.

Kurion supports the TOMODACHI Initiative, a partnership born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, investing in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges.

Company Milestones

  • Oct. 2008: Company founded based on joint vision of John Raymont and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital
  • Mar. 2010: Missouri University of Science and Technology first glass in-module melt completed (Modular Vitrification System -MVS®-)
  • Nov. 2010: Kurion unveils its key technologies, MVS® and ISM, completes proof of concept contract
  • Dec. 2010: Kurion opens headquarters and engineering office in Irvine, Calif.
  • Jan. 2011: Opens Rolla, Mo., vitrification R&D facility
  • April 2011: Awarded contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company for cesium removal system at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • May 2011: Delivers cesium removal system to Fukushima plant
  • June 2011: Full operation begins of Kurion’s cesium removal system at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • May 2012: Kurion acquires GeoMelt® vitrification technologies and consolidates vitrification facilities in Richland, Wash.
  • Oct. 2012 The Wall Street Journal Honors Kurion in 2012 Technology Innovation Awards
  • Oct. 2012 Opens new modular vitrification system test facility in Richland, Wash.
  • June 2013 Appoints Bill Gallo chief executive officer
  • July 2013 Names Stephen Piccolo as executive chairman of the board
  • Sept. 2013 Introduces tritium removal technology to limit release of radionuclides into environment
  • Jan. 2014 Acquires Vista Engineering Technologies, names Phil Ohl chief operating officer, and partners with UK's National Nuclear Laboratory to establish GeoMelt vitrification plant at Sellafield site