The United States Department of Energy
announces the availability of a document relating to the
investigation of the Brookhaven National Laboratory
Inactive Hazardous Waste Site, Operable Unit V,
for public review
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the availability for
public comment of a document relating to the environmental restoration
activities at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The Engineering
Evaluation/Cost Analysis(EE/CA) and Action Memorandum: Peconic River Removal
Action for Sediment on BNL Property is available for review at the libraries
listed below. This document describes the intended cleanup action
for sediment within the Peconic River on Laboratory property.
Wastewater from Laboratory operations is processed and treated at the BNL
Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). The treated water is monitored and
discharged into the Peconic River in accordance with New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation discharge permit requirements. Past
operations and practices resulted in wastewater containing chemical and
radiological contaminants being discharged into the Peconic River; contaminants
were deposited into the sediment.
Over the past several years, DOE and BNL have conducted numerous
investigations of the Peconic River sediment, fish, and plants. Mercury
and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been detected in fish living in
portions of the Peconic River. Analytical results of extensive sampling
indicate that the source of the mercury and PCBs found in fish is the sediment
in the upstream areas of the river.
Four cleanup alternatives are described in the EE/CA-Action Memorandum.
The first is a “No Action” Alternative, which is required by the Federal
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, under
which this investigation is conducted.
Alternatives Two, Three, and Four involve different levels of sediment
removal using low-impact, conventional construction equipment (or vacuum
guzzlers, where appropriate). The excavated sediment would be shipped off
site to an appropriate disposal facility. Habitat in the river would be
restored as appropriate.
All three removal alternatives would be expected to protect human health and
the environment by reducing, to varying amounts, bioaccumulation of contaminants
in fish and toxicity to aquatic life. All three removal alternatives
include long-term monitoring of surface water, sediment, and fish to ensure
The public is invited to review and comment on this document. The 30-day public comment period for this document is from September 22, 2003 to October 21, 2003. Written comments may be mailed to:
Michael D. Holland, Manager
U.S. Department of Energy-Brookhaven Area Office
Attn: Peconic River
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Information sessions will be held on October 7, 2003 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead, and on October 15, 2003 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Berkner Hall at BNL.
Operable Unit V, Peconic River is being addressed as part of a nationwide
U.S. Department of Energy effort to clean up legacy waste.
Located in Upton, N.Y., BNL is classified as an Inactive Hazardous Waste Site
by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. BNL is on the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List.
The Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis and Action Memorandum: Peconic River
Removal Action for Sediment on BNL Property is available for review at the
Longwood Public Library
800 Middle Country Rd
Middle Island, NY
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Public Library
301 William Floyd Parkway
BNL Research Library
U.S. EPA, Region II Library
New York, NY
For more information, contact:
U.S. Department of Energy
Brookhaven National Laboratory