Major Milestone in BGRR Cleanup Reached

June 2010

Major Milestone in BGRR Cleanup Reached

DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman

While visiting BNL on June 1, 2010, DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced that a major milestone in the cleanup of the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor (BGRR) had been reached. As a result of $30.5 million in ARRA funding designated for the BGRR decommissioning, the most difficult part of the decommissioning process - safely removing more than 700 tons of radioactive graphite from the core of the reactor - had been accelerated and completed.

During his visit, Deputy Secretary Poneman also announced that BNL would receive an additional $28 million in ARRA funding to complete the legacy cleanup at the site.