Animal Sampling

Game Animals

Selected tissues (muscle, liver and thyroid) are collected from game animals accidentally killed on INL roads.  Thyroid samples from the sampled animals are analyzed by gamma spectrometry specifically for Iodine-131.  Muscle and liver samples are processed and submitted for gamma spectrometry analysis.

 

Waterfowl

Waterfowl samples are collected from waste disposal ponds at four facilities on the INL to evaluate the potential for exposure to members of the public who might consume these game animals.  Control samples are also taken in areas distant from the INL.  Waterfowl samples are analyzed by gamma spectrometry.  Selected samples are also analyzed for Strontium-90 and transuranic radionuclides.

 

Marmots (as needed)

Yellow-bellied marmots, or rockchucks (Marmota flaviventris) are sampled from the RWMC area.  This large member of the squirrel family is hunted and consumed by Native American people in the area.  Marmots samples are analyzed for gamma emitting radionuclides.  Selected samles are also analyzed for  strontium-90, plutonium-238, plutonium-239/240, and americium-241.  

 

Mourning Doves (as needed)

Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) are a game bird commonly hunted across the United States.  Dove are sampled from radioactive and contaminated waste ponds on the INL to evaluate the potential for exposure to members of the public who might consume these birds.  All samples are analyzed for gamma emitting radionuclides with a subset analyzed for strontium-90, plutonium-238, plutonium-239/240, and americium-241.  

 

 

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