Recommendations for proposed well locations in the Pahute Mesa Area at the Nevada Test Site

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In 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Site Office Environmental Management (DOE NSO EM) offered the NTS CAB, hereinafter referred to as CAB, an opportunity to identify a site to drill a well in response to stakeholder concerns about the potential movement of radionuclides in groundwater from past nuclear weapons test on Pahute Mesa. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the groundwater issues that the CAB Underground Test Area (UGTA) committee studied and to provide justification for our recommended well sites. The committee strongly supports continued research in this area and recommends that DOE make every effort to secure added resources to collect additional hard data. This would demonstrate their commitment to the protection of public health, safety, and the environment for residents living near Western Pahute Mesa.


Monitoring wells; Nevada – Nevada Test Site; Nevada – Pahute Mesa; Radioactive pollution of water; Groundwater – Monitoring


Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Water Resource Management




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