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Title: Argonne National Laboratory Summary Site Environmental Report for Calendar Year 2005.

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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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Technical Report
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United States

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Golchert, N. W., and ESH /QA Oversight. Argonne National Laboratory Summary Site Environmental Report for Calendar Year 2005.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/926525.
Golchert, N. W., & ESH /QA Oversight. Argonne National Laboratory Summary Site Environmental Report for Calendar Year 2005.. United States. doi:10.2172/926525.
Golchert, N. W., and ESH /QA Oversight. Tue . "Argonne National Laboratory Summary Site Environmental Report for Calendar Year 2005.". United States. doi:10.2172/926525.
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  • This booklet explains major portions of the ongoing environmental monitoring program conducted by Argonne National Laboratory-East in the calendar year 2000. The full Site Environmental Report, written by N.W. Golchert, R.G. Kolzow and L.P. Moos, can be obtained by contacting Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, 60439, or by going to the Web site ( This booklet includes descriptions of the Argonne-East site, missions and programs; the status of compliance with environmental regulations; environmental protection and restoration activities; current projects; past, present and potential problems and the monitoring program for air, water and radioactivity in the area. ''The policy ofmore » Argonne National Laboratory is that its activities are to be conducted in such a manner that worker and public health and safety and protection of the environment are given the highest priority.'' The environmental surveillance program conducts regular monitoring for radiation, radioactive materials and nonradiological materials on the Argonne-East site and in the surrounding region. The detection of such releases to the environment is of great importance. If a release occurs, the monitoring program clearly identifies the substance, its magnitude and its origin. Programs and controls are set up to eliminate, contain or remove the substance from the environment. Argonne is able to determine the effectiveness of its own pollution control and remedial activities.« less
  • This report is a summary of the actions taken by Argonne National Laboratory in 2001 to keep the public and environment safe. Over the last year, Argonne has monitored, evaluated, and taken steps to control problems or potential problems on its DuPage County site. The problems that have or might occur are things like spilled or leaked radiological waste, non-radiological wastes or hazardous materials. Argonne is keeping its promise to be a good neighbor, and this report confirms its commitment to its neighbors, both human and environmental. Argonne's commitment to have minimal effect on the environment was tested vigorously overmore » 2001. Argonne's first priority is keeping the people around it safe. This was verified through tests done on the air. The air can be the most damaging way to pollute an area. This is why Argonne was so extensive in its testing. They followed guidelines of the Clean Air Act, which covers radioactive emissions, asbestos, and conventional air pollutants. Air was tested, and after all calculations were finished, the effect on the public was found to be so minimal that it almost didn't register. The sources of pollutants from Argonne are exhausts from laboratories and other facilities, the steam plant that provides space heating for Argonne's buildings, and emissions from emergency generators when they are operating. The traces that were found were evaluated and reduced, even though they were originally well within regulatory limits. The same trends--further reduction of concentrations that were already safe--were found in the water analysis, as well. Water was sampled and evaluated many times over the course of the year, and what was found was good news. The radiological elements were very minimal, and most of the trace amounts were due to naturally occurring radiological sources. The only measurements that exceeded standards a few times were of total dissolved solids (TDS), essentially road salts dissolved in rainwater runoff. These problems were detected and then controlled. To put numbers to the situation, 1,600 measurements were taken over the last year, and out those measurements, only seven were outside the limits set by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Argonne has another priority as well: keeping the environment around its site safe. The ecosystem surrounding Argonne, including Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, is a valuable resource for our area. Argonne knows the value of this ecosystem and works in every way possible to keep it free of pollutants, both radiological and non-radiological. Many of the factors involved in keeping the public healthy also keep our forest and its inhabitants healthy. Argonne is not always told to keep environmental contaminants at a specific level, but the laboratory works at it anyway and often sets its own standards stricter than national and state standards. Argonne has a commitment, and that commitment leads the laboratory to be a better neighbor. Argonne is a valuable resource for the community, working to keep the public and the ecosystem safe and healthy.« less
  • Argonne performs research and development in many areas of science and technology. General fields of research at Argonne include, but are not limited to, biosciences, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, decision and information sciences, energy systems and technology, high energy physics, materials science, math and computer science, nuclear reactors, physics, and environmental science. Argonne is not, and never has been, a weapons laboratory. Several missions provide focus for Argonne scientists. Basic research helps better understand the world, and applied research helps protect and improve it. For example, the prairies of Argonne provide sites for environmental studies that provide valuable information aboutmore » invader species and the food webs within ecosystems. Argonne also operates world-class research facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source (APS), which is a national research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Scientists use high brilliance X-rays from the APS for basic and applied research in many fields. Argonne also seeks to ensure our energy future. Currently, scientists and engineers are developing cleaner and more efficient energy sources, such as fuel cells and advanced electric power generation. Argonne has spent much of its history on developing nuclear reactor technology. That research is now being applied to American and Soviet nuclear reactors to improve the safety and life of the reactors. Other Argonne research seeks to improve the way we manage our environment. For example, Argonne scientists created a new catalyst that could help carmakers eliminate 95 percent of nitrogen-oxide emitted by diesel engines by the year 2007. Research and development solutions such as these will help protect our ecosystems.« less