Release March 5, 1999

Contact: Peter Genzer (516) 344-3174 or Mona S. Rowe (516) 344-5056

The report described is available on the Web at http://www.esh.bnl.gov/esd/1997ser.htm



UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) today issued its Site Environmental Report for the year 1997. The report presents the results of BNL's environmental monitoring program and provides an assessment of the Lab's environmental performance in 1997.

BNL maintains a comprehensive environmental monitoring program. This program provides early warning of any unexpected environmental conditions, monitors potential pathways of exposure to the public and environment, measures potential environmental impacts from BNL operations, and provides data to demonstrate compliance with applicable regulatory and permit limits. Highlights of the report include the following:

BNL has published site environmental reports each year from 1962-1966 and 1971-1997. A summary report for the years 1967-1970 is also available. These reports help identify long-term trends associated with BNL activities. These trends indicate a steady reduction of BNL releases to the environment. This effort to reduce releases is a major commitment of BNL.

Data summarized in the 1997 report were obtained through testing performed by BNL or independent laboratories, the SCDHS, the New York State Department of Health and NYSDEC. To obtain a copy of the report or a summary booklet, call (516) 344-2345 or visit a library near BNL. The report is also available on the BNL web site at http://www.bnl.gov.

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.