The Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research (ESER) program at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) performs a diversity of scope in the areas of environmental surveillance, wildlife and land management, and public education and outreach. The ESER team conducts, manages, and coordinates ecological and environmental research, offsite environmental surveillance for the INL Site.
All sampling is done within INL’s 890-square mile site, under the Department of Energy (DOE), and provide stakeholders the benefit of knowing the long-term trends of samples taken around INL. Integrating the surveillance program, biological programs, and educational programs into INL, will allow for efficiencies within the sampling program and enable the project success.
ESER conducts the offsite environmental surveillance program for the INL Site, including sample collection and analysis of air, precipitation, soil, milk, wheat, lettuce, potatoes, and tissue samples for radionuclides.
ESER provides ecological and natural resources support to DOE-ID for land management issues and supplies ecological information and expertise to support activities that affect natural resources at the INL Site.
ESER strives to increase public awareness of INL offsite surveillance and ecological research and to provide an education resource for local schools and the community.