Mailed 8/23/96


Upton, NY -- W. Robert Casey, head of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Safety and Environmental Protection Division, will give a talk on "Brookhaven National LaboratoryÌs Radiological Releases and Their Impact on Long Island's Environment." The lecture will be held at the Laboratory's Berkner Hall on Wednesday, September 18, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The talk is part of the Brookhaven Lecture Series, a series of lectures in which researchers at Brookhaven discuss their work. Mr. Casey will review the history of radiological releases from BrookhavenÌs facilities and discuss their environmental impact on Long Island. Brookhaven Lab routinely monitors its radioactive releases in order to confirm that Lab operations comply with local, state and federal regulations. Mr. Casey will base his talk on current and past radiological data on water, air, soil, vegetation and wildlife collected both on and off site. He will also compare radiation doses resulting from BrookhavenÌs releases with other common sources of radiation exposure.

Brookhaven Lab is on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List, a roster of waste sites that are considered high priority for cleanup under the federal Superfund Program. The Lab's inclusion on the Superfund list is due primarily to past disposal practices, which complied with earlier governmental standards, but resulted in groundwater contamination on Brookhaven's 5,300-acre site. The Laboratory is located atop one part of the vast underground aquifer of fresh water that underlies all of Long Island.

W. Robert Casey received his B.A. and M.A. in physics from Vanderbilt University, in 1963 and 1966, respectively. Before coming to Brookhaven in 1973, he was a health physicist for the Atomic Energy Commission, the federal agency that established Brookhaven Lab in 1947. Mr. Casey has served as president of the American Academy of Health Physics, and he has been elected a fellow of the Health Physics Society.

For more information about the lecture, contact Brookhaven's Public Affairs Office at 344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Brookhaven is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.