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Radiological Monitoring & Reporting
The Environmental Monitoring Program is responsible for the environmental monitoring network around each of Michigan's nuclear power plant sites. The program collects and performs radioanalyses of several types of samples, including direct radiation, air, surface water, precipitation, and milk from the environs of the nuclear plants. Program laboratory analyses also include samples collected by other Section staff during investigations of potentially contaminated sites, during emergency response activities and from routine staff compliance investigations.
The state of Michigan established the Michigan Radiation Environmental Monitoring Program (MREMP) in 1958 to monitor the environs near the nuclear plant sites to assure that Michigan’s citizens and its environment are not adversely impacted. Environmental samples in the form of air particulates, air vapors, milk, surface water, and direct radiation are taken from various sites in Michigan and analyzed to determine if any radiological effects due to nuclear power plants can be detected.
The MREMP Report, first published by the DEQ in July 1998, contains a complete description of the MREMP from its inception in 1958 through the year 1996. Supplemental reports are produced periodically to present current data. The most recent complete report, Supplement 5, contains data for the 2008-2013 monitoring period.