DOE Terminates Contract With AUI

May 1997

DOE Terminates Contract With AUI

DOE Secretary Federico Pena addressed the media at BNL on May 1, 1997. Pena appointed Richland Operations Office Manager John Wagoner, at right, to oversee operations at BNL during the transition to a new contractor.

On May 1, 1997, the Secretary of Energy fired Brookhaven National Laboratory contractor Associated Universities, Inc.(AUI). AUI had created and managed the Laboratory for the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies for 50 years. The Secretary said his action, based on the ISME Report released in April, was the result of unresponsiveness on the part of AUI to address DOE's needs and expectations for community relations and environment, safety, and health stewardship.