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January 3, 2002

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Brookhaven Lab Added Over $24 Million To Long Island Economy in 2001

UPTON, NY - Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased more than $24 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 2001, a period from October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001.

In addition to Brookhaven’s buying goods and services from Long Island vendors, most of the Laboratory’s 3,000 employees live in Suffolk County and do most of their shopping locally on Long Island. All told, employee salaries, wages and fringe benefits accounted for almost 57 percent, or $258 million, of the Lab’s total budget of $456 million.

Owned and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the 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 energy technologies.

In fiscal year 2001, Brookhaven made 4,316 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 3,640 totaling over $21.8 million were made in Suffolk County, and 676 amounting to almost $2.7 million were made in Nassau County.

Mary-Faith Healey, manager of Brookhaven’s Procurement and Property Management Division, which handles puchasing for the Laboratory, said, “In this time of recession, Brookhaven, now more than ever, seeks to be supportive of the Long Island business community.”

Environmental cleanup and repair of the Laboratory’s aging infrastructure accounted for a large part of the local expenditures in fiscal year 2001. For example, Bensin Contracting Inc., of Holtsville was awarded almost $2.5 million to install groundwater treatment systems to clean up chemicals at the Laboratory’s southern boundary. Bancker Construction Corporation of Islandia was awarded a contract of more than $1.6 million to implement improvements in the Laboratory’s wastewater treatment plant. Bove Industries of East Setauket was paid over $1.5 million to install sewers around the Laboratory’s newest accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and to replace or install liners in three miles of existing sewers to prevent leaks or infiltration. The sewers are connected to the Laboratory’s wastewater treatment plant.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.