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INL Oversight Program Monitoring Activities

The INL Oversight Program maintains an environmental monitoring program on and around the INL to verify and supplement monitoring activities carried out by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Air, water, terrestrial (soil and milk) and external radiation samples are taken at locations chosen to best monitor the environment from potential impacts from the INL. 

A database of monitoring results covering two decades has been developed by the INL Oversight Program. This information allows the INL Oversight Program to better understand radiation, track emissions from INL facilities, and track contamination in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer. Environmental monitoring data are analyzed annually to determine changes over time.

Monitoring Locations

The INL Oversight Program conducts monitoring within and near the INL boundary as well as at distant or background locations for data comparisons. Monitors equipped with particulate air samplers, radioactive gas collectors, and water vapor collectors are operated at 10 locations. Water monitoring samples are taken at various locations along the path of ground water flowing beneath the INL to aid in identifying INL impacts on the Eastern Snake River River Plain Aquifer. Terrestrial monitoring is performed at selected soil sampling sites on and around the INL. Raw milk samples are collected and analyzed from distribution centers where milk is received and from individual dairies in southern and southeastern Idaho. Learn more.

Contaminants

View a list and explanation of contaminants monitored by the INL Oversight Program here.

Current Gamma Radiation Measurements

DEQ performs “real-time” radiation measurements to monitor and gauge exposure rates in the environment on and around the INL. Real-time measurements are collected using a Reuter-Stokes RSS-112 High-Pressure Ion Chamber (HPIC) Environmental Monitor, that transmits five-minute average exposure rates to a personal computer used for polling data in DEQ's Idaho Falls office. Data are stored in a database with average exposure rates determined for five-minute periods, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Current data may be accessed here.

Monitoring Reports

Reports are compiled quarterly and annually to track monitoring results. Quarterly reports are designed to provide detailed data while annual reports primarily focus on trends. Also available on this page are various technical monitoring reports. View the reports here.


DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office

900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650
toll-free: (800) 232-4635

Staff Contacts

INL Oversight Program Regional Manager
Kerry Martin
(208) 528-2650
kerry.martin@deq.idaho.gov

INL Oversight Program Health Physicist Lead
Vacant
(208) 528-2650

INL Oversight Program Environmental Scientist
Jack Rainey
(208) 373-2650
jack.rainey@deq.idaho.gov

INL Oversight Program Health Physicist
Neil Flegel
(208) 528-2650
neil.flegel@deq.idaho.gov

INL Oversight Program Health Physicist
Celena Lewis
(208) 528-2650
celena.lewis@deq.idaho.gov

Community Monitoring Stations

Idaho Environmental Monitoring Program
Access current weather and direct radiation measurements collected in southeastern Idaho at this site hosted by DEQ, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.