Last month, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory gave a special tour for Tri-Valley CAREs members, which focused on the environmental contamination at their main site, as well as the efforts the lab is undertaking to clean up their mess.
One of the many consequences of nuclear weapons development is pollution of the surrounding environment. The Livermore lab is listed as one of the most toxic sites in the United States and has been on the National Priorities List since 1987 under the Superfund Law. The topic of concern on this tour was the groundwater contamination.
Throughout most of the site, the groundwater had become contaminated over the years with some nasty chemicals, such as VOCs (such as TCE and PCE) and radioactive tritium. Underground plumes were forming around the site and heading west. More recently, the plumes have been contained and are being treated as part of the Superfund cleanup.
The groundwater restoration team at Livermore lab has been doing a great job with enormous task of cleanup. I want to thank them for taking time out of their work day to show us around the site and talk about the Superfund cleanup program.
Keep going with this important task; you are Livermore lab’s real superheroes!