What we do

Working to protect the environment for the future

PROTECT WATER QUALITY

CLEAN UP THE LAND

SHIP WASTE OFFSITE

Protect Water Quality

N3B monitors groundwater for contamination and controls the migration of contaminated storm water linked to historical Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) operations. N3B is also treating a groundwater plume that contains elevated levels of hexavalent chromium, and investigating a plume of Royal Demolition Explosives (RDX). Both plumes are in the regional aquifer beneath LANL.

Chromium Project

Control migration of the chromium plume and reduce the plume footprint, while investigating the final remedy.

Royal Demolition Explosive Project

Ensure RDX groundwater contamination from past LANL operations does not threaten human and environmental health. 

While drilling the borehole for groundwater monitoring Well R-71, which will support further characterization of a contaminant plume in groundwater beneath Los Alamos National Laboratory, crews ensure accurate intersection with the desired sampling locations.

Clean Up The Land

N3B remediates legacy waste sites accross LANL where waste was historically spilled or disposed. Sites entail swaths of contaminated soil and old landfills.N3B is also decontaminating and demolishing facilities used in LANL’s early Cold War-era plutonium processing and radiological liquid waste treatment operations.

MIDDLE DP ROAD Project

N3B is investigating two Los Alamos County-owned land parcels to help ensure radioactively contaminated debris from former LANL activities will not be encountered during future development.

MATERIAL DISPOSAL AREAS Project

Continue to protect the Northern New Mexico environment and water quality by managing and cleaning up Material Disposal Areas, where contaminated material from past LANL operations was disposed

TECHNICAL AREA 21 PROJECT

Clean up of TA-21, next to Los Alamos’ industrial area, to environmental standards while making  the land available for other beneficial uses

Tessa Hermes, assistant project manager and senior geologist with N3B subcontractor TerranearPMC, assesses excavation of contaminated soil near one of LANL’s Cold War-era underground explosives firing chambers. The site is part of the Southern External Boundary Campaign to clean up contamination in Lower Water Canyon.

Ship Waste Off-Site

N3B retrieves, processes, and ships offsite for disposal transuranic, low-level radiological and hazardous waste generated by LANL during the Manhattan Project and Cold War. Moving waste offsite reduces impact to human and environmental health from radiological and hazardous materials.

TA-54 & AREA G Project

Store, remediate and ship LANL legacy transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

MATERIAL DISPOSAL AREAS Project

Continue to protect the Northern New Mexico environment and water quality by managing and cleaning up Material Disposal Areas, where contaminated material from past LANL operations was disposed

An EM TRU waste shipment from the Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing facility at LANL departs for WIPP.

Accomplishments

FISCAL YEAR 2021

Q1 – Q3 Data

FISCAL YEAR 2020

Full Year Data

Fact Sheets

Address

N3B Los Alamos
1200 Trinity Drive
Suite 150
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Phone

(505) 257-7690

Email

N3BOutreach@em-la.doe.gov

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