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Title: INTEC Groundwater Monitoring Report 2006

Abstract

This report summarizes 2006 perched water and groundwater monitoring activities at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). During 2006, groundwater samples were collected from a total of 22 Snake River Plain Aquifer (SRPA) monitoring wells, plus six aquifer wells sampled for the Idaho CERCLA Disposal Facility (ICDF) monitoring program. In addition, perched water samples were collected from 21 perched wells and 19 suction lysimeters. Groundwater and perched water samples were analyzed for a suite of radionuclides and inorganic constituents. Laboratory results in this report are compared to drinking water maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). Such comparison is for reference only and it should be noted that the Operable Unit 3-13 Record of Decision does not require that perched water comply with drinking water standards.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory - Idaho Cleanup Project
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
910310
Report Number(s):
DOE/ID-11301 Rev. 0
TRN: US200724%%59
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-05ID14516
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; AQUIFERS; DRINKING WATER; LYSIMETERS; MONITORING; RADIOISOTOPES; SNAKE RIVER PLAIN; US SUPERFUND; WATER; Perched water and groundwater

Citation Formats

J. R. Forbes S. L. Ansley M. Leecaster. INTEC Groundwater Monitoring Report 2006. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/910310.
J. R. Forbes S. L. Ansley M. Leecaster. INTEC Groundwater Monitoring Report 2006. United States. doi:10.2172/910310.
J. R. Forbes S. L. Ansley M. Leecaster. Thu . "INTEC Groundwater Monitoring Report 2006". United States. doi:10.2172/910310. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/910310.
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