Documents and the Administrative Record
Documents for various projects are posted to the web. You can find copies (in html, pdf, or both formats) listed under each project using the menu bar to the left..
Documents in the Administrative record are arranged by project; the index contains specific information described below. To go directly to the index, use the following links:
Why have an Administrative Record?
The Administrative Record serves two purposes. First, it documents the basis for a cleanup method selection. But more importantly for the community, it is the conduit for public participation in the selection of that cleanup method.
What does the Administrative Record contain?
The Administrative Record contains virtually all documents related to the cleanup of the site.
The documents are divided into categories, each reflecting the role the documents play in the cleanup process. For example, the first category is "Site-Wide Documents" and contains items that pertain to the site cleanup from a general perspective - pertinent laws and agreements, baseline investigations and assessments, and so on. Other categories focus on specific cleanup actions and their many details.
Each record included in the Administrative Record is indexed, enabling BNL staff and community members to better locate, retrieve and use documents held in the file.
How is the Administrative Record organized?
The index and the file are not presented in chronological order, but by specific administrative designations for each cleanup effort. These efforts are known as removal actions (RA) and operable units (OU).
Removal actions are so-called "fast track" cleanups where contamination is dealt with as quickly as possible. The goal is to remove the potential for contamination to affect human or environmental health.
Operable units are areas where contamination does not pose an immediate threat to public health or the environment. In these cases, a longer, more detailed investigation is conducted before cleanup decisions are made.
How is the Administrative Record indexed?
More than 250 documents are listed in the Administrative Record Index and found on the shelves of BNL's repositories. Each document reference has a list of information attached to it, including: document identification number, date, subject/title, originator, recipient(s), repositories, document category, and document type. Following is a brief description of each:
Administrative Record Notification (9/15/05)
Due to space limitations, the Administrative Record files (i.e., binders) for Operable Units I, II, VI, and Removal Actions are no longer located in the BNL Research Library (Building 477), but are still available from BNL's records management system archives.
Please contact Bob Howe of BNL's Long-Term Response Actions Group at 344.5588 for further information on these archived files.
Last Modified: February 1, 2008