Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program

Idaho National Laboratory
1955 N. Fremont Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83415
Phone: 208-526-8163

About ESER

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.

The ESER Program operates consistently within the requirements of DOE Order 450.1 to satisfy the following program objectives:

  • To verify compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations and with commitments made in official DOE documents.
  • To characterize and define trends in physical, chemical and biological condition of environmental media in the INL vicinity.
  • To assess the potential radiation dose to members of the public from INL effluents.

Services provided by the ESER Program include:

  • INL offsite surveillance, including sample collection and analysis of air, precipitation, soil, milk, wheat, lettuce, potatoes, and tissue samples (domestic and wildlife) for radionuclides.
  • Wildlife habitat and vegetation surveys, studies and research on and near INL.
  • Sitewide research concerning endangered species, pollutants in the environment and revegetation.
  • Ecological, radioecological and innovative research within the INL's boundaries.
  • Environmental education concerning ecological issues around the INL.


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