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Air Quality

To preserve our existing wilderness-area air quality, LANL implements a conscientious program of air monitoring.
April 12, 2012
Real-time data monitoring for particulate matter

An air monitoring field team member tests one of LANL's tapered element oscillating microbalance samplers, which collects real-time particulate matter data.


  • Environmental Communication & Public Involvement
  • P.O. Box 1663 MS M996
  • Los Alamos, NM 87545
  • (505) 667-0216
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LANL monitors air quality 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Why we monitor air

LANL monitors many different pathways in order to assess their impact on workers, the public, animals, and plants. We monitor the air around the Laboratory to ensure our operations are not affecting the air of nearby communities.

The Laboratory expects to emit certain chemical substances to the air based on the materials that are used at each facility. Like similiar facilities, LANL has the potential to emit carbon monoxide, sulfer dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and suspended particulate matter.

For more than a decade, monitoring reports have confirmed that the Lab is releasing no air emissions higher than regulations allow.

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