ESOP monitors broad-leafed evergreens and shrubs (wax myrtle, laurel oak, and Carolina laurel cherry) on and around the perimeter of SRS for the presence of radionuclides. We collect samples along the perimeter of SRS, and within both 25 miles and 50 miles of the SRS center point (Terrestrial Vegetation Monitoring locations). Sites sampled at locations greater than 50 miles of the SRS center point are considered background locations. We split samples with SRS as available. We have the samples analyzed for tritium and gamma emitting radionuclides.
We monitor the uptake of radionuclides in foodstuffs (domestic or wild vegetables and fruit) according to the growing season. We collect wild edible fungi upon availability. We determine sample collection points by the availability of crops and the sampling location in relation to the perimeter of SRS. We have the samples analyzed for tritium and gamma-emitting radionuclides.