FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tony Howard 202/225-3826
Monday, April 6, 1998
Brookhaven, Long Island -- Congressman Michael P. Forbes (R,C,I - Suffolk County) today commended outgoing Energy Secretary Federico Peña for his personal involvement in addressing decades of sloppy environmental practices that led to widespread contamination problems at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).
Reacting to Peña's announcement he is resigning as Secretary of Energy, Forbes urged the Clinton Administration to expeditiously name a successor who will continue to make sound environmental and safety procedures the Lab's top priority.
"I have long been working to convince the Energy Department to give environmentally sound practices the same top priority as the Lab's scientific research. During his short tenure at the helm of the Energy Department, Secretary Federico Peña's personal interest in ending the indifferent attitude toward environmental, health and safety issues at Brookhaven National Laboratory has given many of us great reason for optimism," Forbes said.
Congressman Forbes and Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R - NY) have been openly critical of past operations at Brookhaven Lab that have allowed continued environmental contamination problems to occur. "It is largely due to Secretary Peña's personal assurances and involvement that I feel more confident the DOE is committed to full and expeditious cleanup of all environmental problems at Brookhaven Lab," Forbes said.