How did contaminants get there?

Historical operations used the best available waste handling methods for that time.

Map of Los Alamos townsite bordered by Pueblo and Los Alamos Canyons
Los Alamos townsite bordered by Pueblo and Los Alamos Canyons

Historic liquid discharges and outfalls Ashley Pond TA-21 High Explosives Testing History of Regulatory Oversight at LANL

Regulators decide how waste from LANL is handled and disposed.

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Regulators make the majority of waste disposition determinations for the Laboratory. LANL is committed to compliance. Over 35 separate state and federal environmental regulations covering waste disposal, clean air, clean water, care of wildlife and plants, and handling of hazardous and radioactive substances ensure stewardship of these resources. When exceedances occur, prompt corrective and preventative actions are taken.



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