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For the second consecutive year, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have won a "Certificate of Environmental Achievement" for developing bacteria to clean up toxic wastes and recover valuable metals that are the byproducts of geothermal energy. The natural heat found deep beneath the earth's surface, geothermal energy is used to heat homes and produce electricity in parts of the western U.S. and in several other countries in Asia and Europe. The Brookhaven research on toxic waste-eating bacteria was one of 28 technologies recognized as an outstanding environmental achievement by the National Awards Council for Environmental Sustainability, a coalition of environmental, community, business and government organizations led by the environmental group Renew America. Brookhaven's winning research will be included in the Renew America 1998 Environmental Success Index, a resource that lists over 1,600 outstanding environmental programs from around the country. Gathered around a pilot plant at Brookhaven Lab that is used to test the innovative technology are: (second from left) Raymond LaSala, DOE Office of Conservation and Renewable Energy, Geothermal Technology Division, which funds the research; and the Brookhaven team (from left) Eugene Premuzic, the team leader; Mow Lin; Michael Bohenek; Richard Wilke; Lucy Shelenkova; and Geeta Joshi-Tope. Not shown is team member Wei Min Zhou.