The BNL Environmental timeline is an overview of the history of the Laboratory from an environmental perspective. Beginning with Camp Upton, it follows nearly 90 years of use of the site by the War Department and by the Department of Energy which resulted in releases of industrial products to the environment that caused chemical and radiological contamination.
The timeline chronicles the startup and decommissioning of facilities, the passage of federal environmental laws, the discovery of contamination in soil and groundwater, cleanup activities, and the participation of the public in the decision-making process with a major focus on the remediation projects conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
Today, BNL strives to fulfill its science mission while protecting the environment. The Laboratory is committed to continually improving its environmental management programs through pollution prevention, recycling programs, and conservation initiatives. It is the Lab’s desire to balance world-class research with environmentally responsible operations…”Exploring Earth’s Mysteries…Protecting Its Future.”