#97-76
July 15, 1997

 

STATEMENT BY PETER BOND, INTERIM DIRECTOR
BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY,
ON PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF EPA AUDIT

I thank EPA for their diligence in conducting this thorough, independent inspection of Brookhaven, just as I thank BNL's environmental staff for their cooperation throughout the process. We at Brookhaven accept fully that while our operations are in compliance with many of EPA's environmental laws and pose no immediate threat to environment, safety and health, there are areas where we need to improve. We have already begun addressing the issues they have raised.

Our next step is to begin the second and third phases of this multimedia review. The second phase, which will help us minimize the amount of waste we produce and reduce our emissions, will begin tomorrow with the arrival of an EPA team on site. The third phase, a review of environmental management issues at Brookhaven, will begin later this year. These efforts, combined with the Management Systems Improvement Plan now being undertaken by the Laboratory's top administration and the U.S. Department of Energy's 30-Day Action Plan, will improve environmental management at BNL.

The findings in each of the EPA's audit categories, along with the actions we have taken or are taking to address them, are listed below.

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