#98-120
Mailed 12/14/98

Contact: Diane Greenberg or Mona S. Rowe

 

 

ELIZABETH FLORES NAMED MANAGER OF BROOKHAVEN LAB'S ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION

Upton, NY - Elizabeth Flores has been named manager of the new Environmental Services Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Ms. Flores joins Brookhaven with 18 years of experience as an environmental regulator and manager of environmental protection programs.

Brookhaven formed the Environmental Services Division to consolidate and improve environmental management programs. As head of the new division, Ms. Flores manages 20 environmental and administrative professionals working to ensure that the Laboratory operates in an environmentally responsible manner and complies with all applicable environmental regulations. The division leads programs to promote pollution prevention and manage wildlife on Brookhaven's 5,300-acre wooded site. The Environmental Services Division also teams with the Laboratory's Environmental Restoration Division to address environmental problems associated with past operations.

Ms. Flores's initiatives include ensuring successful development and implementation of an environmental management system. The cornerstone of that system is Brookhaven's environmental stewardship policy, signed by Laboratory Director John Marburger in November. The policy follows up on Dr. Marburger's promise to "clean it up and keep it clean," and reaffirms
Brookhaven's commitment to manage its programs in a manner that protects the ecosystem and public health.

To support that objective, Brookhaven is hiring four environmental experts to work directly with staff to ensure that pollution prevention, resource conservation and regulatory compliance are incorporated into all of the Laboratory's activities.

Ms. Flores also plans to improve and integrate Brookhaven Lab's extensive groundwater protection programs. Both the Laboratory's Environmental Restoration Division and its Environmental Services Division monitor groundwater for chemical and radiological
contamination. While Environmental Restoration monitors historical environmental releases, Environmental Services monitors current groundwater quality in general. Integration of existing groundwater programs, procedures and databases will maximize efficiency, consistency and
cost-effectiveness.

Ms. Flores said, "Monitoring to evaluate what impact Brookhaven's operations might have on the environment is an important component of an environmental protection program, and I want to improve the quality, timeliness and access to monitoring data. However, I also want to increase our emphasis on proactively preventing environmental problems."

Elizabeth Flores has a bachelor's degree in environmental and plant science from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in environmental studies from Yale University. She also is a graduate of the State of Connecticut Executive Management Program. From 1981-93, she worked at the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection,
advancing from field inspector to assistant director of the waste engineering and enforcement division. In 1993, she joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as an environmental policy program manager and eventually was promoted to department manager of environmental compliance. For the past two years, she managed environmental protection at Battelle-Pantex, a U.S. Department of Energy facility. She joined Brookhaven Lab in November.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Elizabeth Flores will reside in Yaphank, NY.