Issued 2/4/99

Contact: Diane Greenberg (516) 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe (516) 344-5056



Upton, NY - Bill Gunther, senior environmental management advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, will give a lecture titled "Technologies Used for Environmental Restoration at Brookhaven National Laboratory," at the Lab's Berkner Hall on Wednesday, February 24, at 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Mr. Gunther will describe various cleanup technologies and how the Laboratory has evaluated them in selecting the best options for remediating environmental contamination on and around Brookhaven Lab property. He will also discuss the potential applications of other technologies, some of which have been developed at the Laboratory. In addition, posters that illustrate the cleanup technologies will be set up in Berkner lobby, and Laboratory scientists will be on hand to answer questions about them.

Brookhaven Lab is on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of hazardous waste sites nationwide. Over the last decade, Brookhaven has employed a variety of technologies to identify groundwater and soil contamination, evaluate it and clean it up.

Bill Gunther earned a B.S. and M.S. in 1970 and 1971, both in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He managed fossil-fuel and nuclear power plant operations at the Long Island Lighting Company for 15 years, before joining Brookhaven in 1984 as a senior research engineer.

In 1994, Mr. Gunther became manager of Brookhaven's Office of Environmental Restoration, with overall responsibility for planning and implementing the Superfund cleanup program at the Laboratory. For a six-month period from 1997 to 1998, he served as Brookhaven's Interim Associate Director for Reactor, Safety and Security. In his current position, Mr. Gunther coordinates, evaluates and reports on the status of Brookhaven's environmental activities.

For more information about the lecture, call Brookhaven's Public Affairs Office at (516) 344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.