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September 2, 1999

Brookhaven Lab Releases 1998 Environmental Report

UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has published its Site Environmental Report for the year 1998. The document can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.esh.bnl.gov/esd/1998ser.htm.

The Site Environmental Report is prepared annually to summarize Brookhaven's environmental data, describe environmental management performance and highlight major environmental programs and efforts. The reports help identify long-term trends associated with Laboratory activities, trends that have indicated a steady reduction of Brookhaven releases to the environment. This effort to reduce releases is a major commitment of the Laboratory.

Brookhaven maintains a comprehensive environmental monitoring program to ensure protection of human health and the environment. This program monitors potential pathways of exposure, measures potential environmental impacts from Laboratory operations, and provides data to evaluate compliance with applicable regulatory and permit limits. Environmental program highlights from 1998 include the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Brookhaven has published site environmental reports each year from 1962-1966 and 1971-1998. A summary report for 1967-1970 is also available. Data summarized in the 1998 report were obtained through testing performed by Brookhaven or independent laboratories, the SCDHS, the New York State Department of Health and NYSDEC. Paper copies of the report will be available by October 1. To obtain copies of the report or a summary booklet, call 516-344-2345 or visit a library near Brookhaven. The summary booklet will also available on the Brookhaven web site at http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/ser98summary.pdf.

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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