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Title: Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program 2016 Report

Abstract

The Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program (EMAC), funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office (NNSA/NFO), monitors the ecosystem of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and ensures compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to NNSS biota. This report summarizes the program’s activities conducted by National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), during calendar year 2016. Program activities included (a) biological surveys at proposed activity sites, (b) desert tortoise compliance, (c) ecosystem monitoring, (d) sensitive plant species monitoring, (e) sensitive and protected/regulated animal monitoring, and (f) habitat restoration monitoring. During 2016, all applicable laws, regulations, and permit requirements were met, enabling EMAC to achieve its intended goals and objectives.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1411790
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-3317
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ecological monitoring; compliance; Nevada National Security Site flora; NNSS fauna

Citation Formats

Hall, Derek, Perry, Jeanette, and Ostler, W. Kent. Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program 2016 Report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1411790.
Hall, Derek, Perry, Jeanette, & Ostler, W. Kent. Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program 2016 Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1411790.
Hall, Derek, Perry, Jeanette, and Ostler, W. Kent. 2017. "Ecological Monitoring and Compliance Program 2016 Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1411790. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1411790.
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