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September 18, 2000

Brookhaven Lab Releases 1999 Environmental Report

UPTON, N.Y. - Improved environmental management systems, continued pollution prevention initiatives, and environmental cleanup advances are among the highlights of Brookhaven National Laboratory's 1999 Site Environmental Report. The document can be found on the Internet at http://www.bnl.gov/ewms/ser/.

The Site Environmental Report is prepared annually to summarize the status of the Laboratory's environmental programs and performance, including the steady progress toward cleaning up the site and fully integrating environmental stewardship into all facets of the Laboratory's mission. These cleanup and integration efforts are major commitments for Brookhaven, one of nine national laboratories owned and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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 1999 include the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brookhaven has published site environmental reports each year from 1962 to 1966 and from 1971 to 1999. A summary report for 1967 to 1970 is also available. Data summarized in the 1999 report were obtained through testing performed by certified Brookhaven or independent laboratories, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Hard copies of the report will be available by October 1. To obtain copies of the report or a summary booklet, call (631) 344-8584 or visit a library near Brookhaven.

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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