What radionuclides does LANL measure?

A typical airnet station with its housing open for sample changeout
A typical airnet station with its housing open for sample changeout

LANL expects to emit certain analytes to the air based on the materials that are used at each facility. The materials used include plutonium, americium, uranium, and tritium.

What chemicals does LANL measure?

In compliance with the Clean Air Act, LANL also does monitoring of nonradiological pollutants.

Greenhouse Gases

LANL is implementing our Site Sustainability Plan to reduce greenhouse gas generation.

  • CO: Carbon monoxide is the product of inefficient burning, such as from a motor vehicle.
  • SOx: Sulfur oxides are the result of burning coal, which contains sulfur.
  • NOx: Nitrogen oxides are the result of burning coal, oil, or gasoline at high temperatures.
  • VOCs: Volatile organic compounds are chemical compounds that vaporize when exposed to the air.

Particulate Matter

Particulate matter (PM) is a hazard to human health when the particle size becomes small enough to enter the lungs, e.g. smoke.



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