Air quality monitoring by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aircraft continues to show radiation levels that are well within the normal range for the Los Alamos area as the community’s 12,000 residents return, Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said today.
“We have been monitoring air quality diligently all week, and as residents of Los Alamos return today, they can take comfort in the fact that the ASPECT air quality flights have found no unusual or abnormal amounts of radiation in the areas affected by the Las Conchas fire,” Governor Martinez said. “Of course, there is still a great deal of smoke in the air, and residents with respiratory illnesses should speak to their doctor before returning to their homes.”
“We are thankful for the work of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the EPA in working together with our department to provide New Mexico with an additional tool to test the air quality over Los Alamos and the affected Las Conchas Fire zones,” state Environment Department Secretary David Martin said.