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News Release

Number: 03-21
Released: March 18, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

George Goode Named Manager of Brookhaven Lab’s Environmental & Waste Management Services Division

George GoodeUPTON, NY — George Goode, a nationally renowned pollution-prevention expert who joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory staff in 1991, has been named manager of the Laboratory’s new Environmental & Waste Management Services Division, effective March 1.

Also effective March 1, Brookhaven Lab merged the Environmental Services Division and Waste Management Division to improve service and reduce expenditures. As head of the new combined division, Goode manages a staff of 60 environmental and administrative professionals and technical specialists working to ensure the Laboratory operates in an environmentally responsible manner and complies with all applicable environmental regulations.

The division manages programs such as pollution prevention, groundwater protection and natural resource management; provides technical assistance on environmental requirements; maintains the Laboratory’s ISO 14001- registered Environmental Management System; prepares environmental permit applications; conducts environmental monitoring; manages data collected for the Laboratory’s environmental surveillance, compliance and cleanup programs; and prepares environmental documents like the Laboratory’s annual site environmental report. It also provides waste characterization and management, and stores, treats, transports and disposes of wastes generated at Brookhaven. The current annual budget for the combined division is $9.4 million.

“I came to Brookhaven Lab to start a pollution-prevention program, and I have successfully accomplished that, with waste generation from routine operations decreasing by more than 70 percent in less than a decade,” Goode said. “I believe in the prevention method of solving environmental problems. If you can engineer toxic materials out of processes whenever possible, you eliminate the costly requirements of managing and disposing of them.”

Goode said the new division will continue to manage environmental issues systematically through the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Brookhaven Lab was the first national laboratory to obtain third-party registration to ISO 14001, a globally recognized environmental standard. The key elements of Brookhaven’s EMS are: pollution prevention, compliance with regulatory requirements, community involvement in making environmental decisions, cleanup of existing environmental hazards and waste, and continual improvement.

A lifelong resident of Riverhead, where the Peconic River meets the Peconic Bay, Goode has enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and is an avid fisherman and boater. He also has worked in the Suffolk County Water Authority’s groundwater protection program, so he is “keenly aware of Long Island’s sole source aquifer and sensitive to the public’s concern about the environment.”

Goode earned a B.S. in biology from Dickinson College, in 1979, and an M.S. in environmental technology from the New York Institute of Technology, in 1995. He has 18 years of environmental protection and waste management experience. From 1980 through 1991, he worked in various technical and managerial positions in Long Island industries, including the Raytheon Corporation, Sedco Systems Division, from 1986 to 1988; and the Suffolk County Water Authority, from 1988 to 1991.

In 1991, Goode was hired as pollution prevention coordinator for Brookhaven Lab, and he was simultaneously project engineer and group leader of the Laboratory’s Waste Management Division from 1991 through 1997. More recently, he initiated the Environmental Compliance Representative program, in which field-deployed environmental professionals proactively identify and manage environmental issues and pollution prevention opportunities at the earliest possible time. He also managed the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System at Brookhaven, developing and implementing strategies to integrate, streamline and improve the system.

Goode received the Laboratory’s Brookhaven Award for Outstanding Service in 2001, as well as six U.S. Department of Energy Pollution Prevention Awards between 1995 and 2001. He is a member of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group, which develops pollution prevention strategies for New York State.

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