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This report addresses two questions:
1. Is it possible for groundwater to transport contaminants from LANL to the Rio Grande during the 61 years LANL has existed?
2. If so, have contaminants from LANL reached the Rio Grande?
The answer to the first question is yes. Contaminants traveling along fast flow paths may reach the Rio Grande in less than 61 years.
The answer to the second question is also yes. LANL-derived contaminants have been detected in springs along the Rio Grande. High explosives have been found in Ancho Spring and Spring 6 and perchlorate has been found in Springs 4 and 4C.
This research was completed money allocated during Round 4 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.
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Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Rice, George, "New Mexico's Right to Know: The Potential for Groundwater Contaminants from LANL to Reach the Rio Grande" (2004). Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS). 2.