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Industrial Sites

Industrial Site Photo Industrial Sites are facilities and land on the Nevada National Security Site and Nevada Test and Training Range (to include the Tonopah Test Range) used in direct support of historic nuclear testing which resulted in environmental contamination and subsequent hazardous and radioactive waste generation. Industrial Sites activities include identifying the nature and extent of contamination, determining potential risk to the public and environment, and performing necessary corrective actions in compliance with guidelines and requirements.

Approximately 1,850 Industrial Sites have been identified, verified and inventoried for restoration and/or closure. As of October 2012, 99% are complete 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:

PDF icon Industrial Sites . . . an Approach to Cleanup [PDF, 2.7 MB]

PDF icon Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order [PDF, 610 KB]

Click here to open an interactive map that provides information and available documentation on individual Industrial Sites and Soils locations that have, are or will undergo environmental restoration.

Soils

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.

Soils Project Photo 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:

PDF icon Addressing Soil Contamination [PDF, 474 KB]

PDF icon Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order [PDF, 610 KB]

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February 21, 2014