The Department of Energy Oversight Bureau conducts independent environmental monitoring of Department of Energy (DOE) operations in New Mexico and provides transparent, unbiased, and publicly available information to the citizens of New Mexico.
The DOE Oversight Bureau:
- Develops and implements vigorous environmental monitoring programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and the areas surrounding these facilities. These environmental monitoring programs include both joint and independent environmental monitoring activities and evaluations for all environmental media, including air, water, soils and sediments, plants and animals, and atmospheric deposition. This monitoring is used to determine that DOE activities in the State of New Mexico are protective of public health and the environment.
- Publishes environmental monitoring data and data interpretation reports.
- Provides technical review of reports, protocols, environmental assessments, and other documents related to DOE facilities in New Mexico and participates in task forces, teams, and groups related to these activities.
- Increases public knowledge and awareness of environmental matters at DOE facilities in New Mexico by participating in public meetings and listening sessions, community engagement meetings, consultations, environmental fairs and other public events.
These activities are funded through a grant from the U.S. DOE in accordance with the provisions set forth in the site specific protocols between the State of New Mexico and the U.S. DOE.
The majority of our data from Los Alamos is located within the Intellus database. Other data, reports and documents can be found on the archived version of the NMED website. NMED will announce a new public reading room tool, which will include all data, reports and more, soon!