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Mailed 4/23/97

DOE Contact: Gail Penny, 516/344-3429
BNL Contact: Mona S. Rowe, 516/344-2345

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT

Cleanup Alternatives Presented for Inactive Waste Areas At Brookhaven Lab

 

Upton, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment on alternatives for remediating inactive waste areas on the Brookhaven Lab site. The public comment period begins April 23, 1997 and ends May 23, 1997.

The waste areas are located in a secluded section in the south-central portion of the Laboratory property. An investigation has identified 51 holes used between the late 1950s and 1981 for the disposal of chemicals, animal carcasses, laboratory glassware, and glass, metal and plastic containers.

DOE's document describing the waste areas is available for review at Brookhaven's library, as well as public libraries in Shirley and Middle Island. Several remediation alternatives are discussed in the document. DOE recommends excavation with groundwater monitoring downgradient from the holes as the most appropriate remediation alternative.

For more information on the inactive waste sites, the public is invited to call Brookhaven Lab's community relations coordinators: John Carter, (516)344-5195; Mary Dernbach, (516)344-6336; or Peter Genzer, (516)344-3174.

Environmental remediation at Brookhaven is carried out under requirements of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, commonly known as the Superfund law. The Lab is on the Superfund list primarily due to past operations that have resulted in soil and groundwater contamination that potentially threaten Long Island's aquifer.

Remediation work is conducted under the framework of an interagency agreement among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and DOE. DOE has jurisdiction over the Brookhaven property and pays for all cleanup costs.

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