Released August 15 1997
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Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory display the "Certificate of Environmental Achievement" that they won for developing bacteria to clean up toxic wastes and recover valuable metals that are the byproducts of generating geothermal energy. The natural heat found deep beneath the earth's surface, geothermal energy is used to heat homes and produce electricity in parts of the western U.S. and in several other countries. The Brookhaven research on toxic waste-eating bacteria was recognized as one of 1,600 outstanding U.S. environmental programs by the National Awards Council for Environmental Sustainability, a coalition of environmental, community, business and government organizations led by the environmental group Renew America. The top environmental programs were included in the 1997 Environmental Success Index, a database that is accessible on-line at http://solstice.crest.org/renew_america. The Brookhaven team includes (from left) Michael Bohenek, a resident of Hempstead; Eugene Premuzic, the team leader, and a resident of East Moriches; Wei Min Zhou of Coram; Jeffrey Yablon of Bellport; and (back) Mow Lin of Rocky Point. Other members of the team not shown are Kirk Mantione of Lindenhurst and Lucy Shelenkova of Yaphank.