Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Audit Says Lab Has Pollution Under Control.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

Los Alamos National Laboratory is keeping closer tabs on its radioactive air pollution and levels stand well below federal environmental standards, according to an independent audit released Wednesday.

John Till, the scientist who led the audit team, announced Wednesday that its latest audit put the lab within the Federal Clean Air Act standards for radioactive pollution.

According to the team's figures, the lab pumped off about .32 millirems of radiation in 1999. The Clean Air Act standard is 10 millirems. A chest X-ray exposes a person to about 5 millirems of radiation.

Till also praised the lab for working closely with auditors, despite the Cerro Grande Fire and intensifying security concerns at the laboratory last summer. …

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