Issued 2/16/99


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



Upton, NY - Stephen Layendecker has been named manager of the new Radiological Control Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Mr. Layendecker is a certified health physicist - a scientist who specializes in radiological protection - with 17 years of experience in health physics-related fields.

Brookhaven formed the Radiological Control Division to improve and raise the prominence of the Laboratory's radiological control programs.

As head of the new division, Mr. Layendecker manages 86 employees skilled in radiological control and administration. The division is responsible for controlling, preventing and limiting exposure to radiological hazards on the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site.

In addition, Mr. Layendecker takes on the role of Brookhaven's radiation protection re-engineering project manager. The project was created last fall in response to concerns raised by the Department of Energy about the Laboratory's radiological control program and consists of
a Laboratory-wide effort to re-engineer the entire program.

"The Department of Energy's standards and expectations concerning radiological protection have significantly increased in recent years," Mr. Layendecker said. "In addition, the public's awareness of radiological hazards at Brookhaven Lab has also become heightened. There is no tolerance for lax performance, and we must do more than meet minimum standards."

Stephen Layendecker earned a B.S. in biology from Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee, in 1979, and an M.S. in radiation biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1981. From 1981 to1987, Mr. Layendecker worked as a radiological engineer at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania, shortly after its well-publicized accident. He then become supervisor of the health physics section of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tennessee, from 1987 to1989, and moved on to become staff
health physicist of the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) radiological control section, providing technical direction and oversight of all TVA nuclear facilities. In1989, he joined IT Corporation, a consulting firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a health physicist.

In 1992, Mr. Layendecker joined Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) in Columbus, Ohio, where he served in three capacities: safety, health and environmental support manager; BMI corporate officer for environment, safety & health; and radiation safety officer for Battelle Columbus Operations. Mr. Layendecker transferred from Battelle to Brookhaven to fulfill the duties of his new position at the Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.