United States House of Representatives
Committee on Science

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Chairman
George E. Brown, Jr., California, Ranking Democrat



June 29, 1998

Press Contacts: Katy McGregor (katy.mcgregor@mail.house.gov)
Mike Catanzaro (michael.catanzaro@mail.house.gov)

(202) 225-4275




Washington,D.C.--Science Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. approved the Department of Energy's request to transfer and reprogram $2.5 million in appropriations to address serious environmental problems identified at the Brookhaven National Laboratory earlier this year.

In a letter to DOE Chief Financial Officer Michael L. Telson, the Chairman endorsed the funding move with the understanding that "this reprogramming/transfer will result in no adverse effects on any other DOE laboratories and will not impact on ongoing DOE activities since the required funds can be provided from recovered prior year obligations made available as old contracts are closed out."

Telson requested the transfer after a detailed facilities review uncovered 60,000 gallons of radioactive water in a sump at the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor, which was shut down in 1968. BNL has taken immediate action to remove the water and place it in temporary storage so as to prevent intrusion of any storm water. Funding totaling $2.3 million would be used to carryout Reactor stabilization activities. In addition, $0.2 million would be used for other corrective actions at BNL.

The funding sources of the $2.5 million include $0.7 million reprogrammed within the Science appropriation, $1.1 million transferred from the Non-Defense Environmental Management appropriation, and $0.7 million from the Energy Supply Research and Development appropriation.


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