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Groundwater Protection Group


The Groundwater Protection Group (formerly know as the Long Term Response Action (LTRA) Group) was formed in 2004 as part of the Environmental Protection Division. The GPG Group is responsible for the long-term surveillance, monitoring, maintenance, operating, reporting, and community involvement activities required to complete the CERCLA environmental cleanup activities at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Ongoing Projects:

g-2 Record of Decision

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) have agreed on a remediation plan for Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) g-2 tritium source area and groundwater plume, the Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP), and eight former underground storage tanks (USTs). The agreement, reached after extensive regulator and public review and comment, allows the Energy Department to implement the selected remedies.

The selected remedies are presented in the Record of Decision (ROD) for Area of Concern 16T g-2 Tritium Source Area and Groundwater Plume, Area of Concern 16K Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer, and Area of Concern 12 - Former Underground Storage Tanks. The selected remedies include several actions that have already been accomplished, and the implementation of a comprehensive long-term maintenance and monitoring program. The ROD also includes a "responsiveness summary," summarizing public comments and the DOE’s responses to them.

Groundwater Projects

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Groundwater Protection Management Program is made up of four elements: prevention, monitoring, restoration, and communication. The Laboratory has implemented aggressive pollution prevention measures to protect groundwater resources. An extensive groundwater monitoring well network is used to verify that prevention and restoration activities are effective. (more)

Surface Projects

A number of soil remediation projects have been completed at BNL including the Current and Former Landfills, the Peconic River sediments, Chemical pits, Animal Pits and Glass Holes, the former Hazardous waste Management Facility (FHWMF), Buildings 650 and 811, Landscape Soils, etc. Land use and institutional controls are currently in place to protect both the remedy and exposure to any residual contamination. (more)

Land Use and Institutional Control

Land use and institutional controls (LUICs) have been deployed at Brookhaven National Laboratory to prevent exposure to environmental contamination and to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the environmental cleanup remedies. LUICs, along with other mitigating or preventive measures as necessary, have been implemented to ensure that if one control temporarily fails, other controls will be in place, or actions will be taken, to mitigate consequences resulting from the failure. LUICs will be maintained for as long as necessary in order to ensure performance of the completed remedies as described and documented in the BNL Records of Decision (RODs). (more)

The Five-Year Review

The first comprehensive site-wide Five-Year Review Report of all the remediation work at BNL was released in 2006. A subsequent Five-Year Review Report was issued in 2011.

Environmental Information Management System

The mission of the Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) is to store, manage, protect, retrieve, interpret and archive Brookhaven National Laboratory’s environmental data. The goal of all EIMS activities is to provide timely access by its stakeholders to high-quality data. The EIMS originated in 1993 as a database to store environmental characterization data generated by the Laboratory’s Environmental Restoration program as part of its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) activities. As the program expanded, this database was integrated with a geographic information system (GIS) to add data analysis and graphical representation capabilities. Data were brought together from many sources, including other BNL divisions (Plant Engineering (PE) and Safety and Environmental Protection) and Federal, State, and local government offices. In 1999 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) declared the EIMS to be mission-essential. In 2000, as part of the BNL Groundwater Protection Implementation and Integration Plan, the EIMS became the direct repository not only for CERCLA data but also for routine site monitoring data gathered by the Environmental Protection Division. (more)

Reactor Long Term Surveillance Maintenance

BNL has implemented long term surveillance and maintenance (S&M) programs to manage the inventory of radioisotopes remaining at the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) and the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor (BGRR) complexes and to ensure that the complexes are maintained in safe conditions. Details of the S&M programs can be found here.

GPG Required Training

The Groundwater Protection Group maintains two required reading texts for field work. The following are links to the texts:

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Last Modified: March 25, 2013
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