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Environmental Surveillance

Routine operations at the INL Site have the potential to release radioactive contaminants into the air and water. Constant monitoring is done by the ESER Program to check for these contaminants and to ensure that the environment is safe for people, wildlife, and vegetation. Collecting environmental samples is done on the INL Site and surrounding areas.

Over 2,000 samples of a variety of media are collected each year, including air, water, foodstuffs, and soil, as well as direct radiation measurements. (Sampling Schedule) Sample collections are made over 9000 square miles in southeastern Idaho.

Quarterly and annual surveillance reports are available here.

Laboratory analyses are performed by the Idaho State University Environmental Assessment Laboratory and GEL Laboratories.

Soil Sampling

Water Sampling at Thousand Springs

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