The Nevada Field Office analyzes contaminated surface and shallow subsurface soils on the Nevada National Security Site and Nevada Test and Training Range
(to include the Tonopah Test Range). Contamination at these sites is the result of historic atmospheric nuclear detonations, weapons
safety experiments, rocket engine development, and hydronuclear tests.
The contaminants of concern are primarily americium, plutonium, depleted uranium, and other man-made radioactive materials. In addition
to the materials listed, there are sites where other metals may be present above regulatory limits.
Site investigations, characterization, evaluations and environmental completion will be accomplished at the 131 Soils sites identified.
As of October 2012, 1/3 of these sites have achieved environmental completion in accordance with the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, an agreement
under the regulatory authority and oversight of the State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
For more information:
Addressing Soil Contamination [PDF, 474 KB]
Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order [PDF, 610 KB]
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Date Last Modified:
February 21, 2014