How did contaminants get there?

During the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos hosted thousands of employees, including many Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Historical operations used the best available waste handling methods for that time.
August 1, 2013
A comparison of Ashley Pond in the 1940s and 60 years later. Ashley Pond was named after Detroit businessman Ashley Pond who started the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917.

A comparison of Ashley Pond in the 1940s and 60 years later. Ashley Pond was named after Detroit businessman Ashley Pond who started the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917.

The Laboratory still provides national security, which is now inseparable from protecting the environment.

Ashley Pond and LANL History

In March 1943, a small group of scientists came to Los Alamos for Project Y on the Manhattan Project. Their goal was to develop the world’s first nuclear weapon.

There was little thought about waste disposal or environmental contamination. The objective was to win the war and protect the United States.

The Laboratory still provides national security, which is now inseparable from protecting the environment.

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