Why does LANL sample air?

Diagram of air quality monitors within an exhaust stack. Nuclear facilities have three additional air sampling systems.
Diagram of air quality monitors within an exhaust stack. Nuclear facilities have three additional air sampling systems.

Air is the most significant pathway. Air is monitored to ensure that any possible release is quickly detected.

LANL samples and analyses air to assess effects on:

  • workers
  • the public
  • animals and plants

How does LANL sample the air?

Stack Monitoring

Low levels of radioactive materials may be vented to the environment through a stack. Stack monitoring measures radioactive material at the source.

  • 28 stacks are sampled
  • Additional three sampling systems installed for nuclear facilities

AIRNET

monitors for radioactivity where people live or work

AIRNET is a radiological ambient air sampling designed to measure levels of airborne radionuclides, which may be emitted from Laboratory operations.

  • Over 60 AIRNET air monitoring stations
  • Monitor 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
  • Installed in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties
  • Ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act and DOE radiological regulations


Contact Us | Careers | Bradbury Science Museum | Emergencies | Inside LANL | Maps | Site Feedback | SSL Portal | Training

Operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's NNSA © Copyright 2011-12 LANS, LLC All rights reserved | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy