DOE Press Release

Jayne Brady, DOE Headquarters, 202/586-5806
Gary Pitchford/Carol Morrison, Chicago Operations Office, 630/252-2013/2014




The U.S. Department of Energy signed a contract today for management and operation of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York. The signing begins a 55-day transition period in which the new contractor, Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), will assume operational control and responsibility for the facility from Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), the previous contractor. The five-year agreement will involve an estimated $2 billion in research and development, environmental management and other activities.

"We are looking forward to a smooth transition so that the new SUNY-Batelle team can hit the ground running at the end of February. The department has high expectations for the new contractor, in terms of scientific achievement, community involvement and protection of the environment, worker safety and public health. This will be a critical time for the new management to prepare for their important responsibilities," said Secretary of Energy Federico F. Peña.

The Energy Department announced the competitive selection of BSA to operate Brookhaven on November 25, 1997. BSA is led by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York on behalf of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Battelle Memorial Research Institute of Columbus, Ohio.

This announcement and today s contract signing complete an expedited contractor selection process begun on May 28, 1997, following Secretary Peña's decision to terminate the contract with AUI and seek a new team to operate the Laboratory.

DOE's Chicago Operations Office successfully concluded in six months a competitive selection process that normally requires 18 months. In addition, the selection process was developed with extensive public participation and comment by interested parties, an approach that the Secretary described as a new way of doing business at the Department of Energy.

During the transition, the contract calls for BSA to: assume controlof Brookhaven s scientific programs and facilities; continue cultural change in environment, health and safety management; analyze and initiate any needed enhancement of management systems; initiate planning to assume responsibility for existing regulatory and commercial agreements; and undertake a variety of actions involving employee compensation and benefits, property management, diversity, cost mitigation, litigation management, subcontractor management, and substance abuse initiatives.

BSA will formally notify the Energy Department when these activities have been completed and it is prepared to assume full responsibilityfor operation of Brookhaven. This is expected by the end of February 1998.