Reclamation Facility Sump and Outfall Excavated

March 2002

Reclamation Facility Sump and Outfall Excavated

Excavation of the Building 650 outfall piping.


The former Reclamation Facility, known as Building 650 or the Hot Laundry, was constructed for the decontamination of radioactively contaminated clothing and heavy equipment. The facility was designed to perform decontamination operations both inside and outside the building. The operation of Building 650 dates back to at least 1959.

For additional information on the history of this facility see the 1969 entry "Use of Reclamation Facility Concrete Decontamination Pad Halted."

Description of Removal Actions

The Building 650 Sump Outfall, Area of Concern (AOC) 6, was addressed under Operable Unit I. Although some volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found in samples taken from the sump area, the primary concern was radionuclides, primarily Cesium 137 and Strontium 90.

The sump and outfall were excavated between March and June 2002. Soils, asphalt and concrete debris were excavated from the area behind the Reclamation Facility, Building 650, and from the Building 650 sump outfall area. The soil excavation also included removal of 987 feet of storm pipe that led from the sump to the outfall area, the 30 x 30 foot concrete pad, two manholes, and associated soils. The radiologically contaminated material was disposed of off-site.

Community Outreach

Early outreach on the Reclamation Facility contamination included a public meeting on the Operable Unit (OU) IV Proposed Remedial Action Plan held in December 1995 which included removal of underground storage tanks associated with the facility. A public comment period was held on that Proposed Plan and the Feasibility Study Report.

There was extensive outreach for Operable Unit I. A Public Notice for the OU I/VI "Remedial Investigation/Risk Assessment" was published in July 1996. The public comment period began July 29, 1996 and was originally scheduled to end August 30, 1996. Upon a request from the Community Group, it was extended to September 30, 1996. An article about the upcoming meeting was published in cleanupdate in the spring 1996 issue, and a Notice of Availability of the reports was published in the summer 1996 issue.

The OU I Feasibility Study and Proposed Plan were made available for public review and comment on April 1, 1999. A Public Notice and a display ad announcing the public comment period, the dates of the information/poster sessions, and the date of the public meeting were published in local newspapers. A DOE press release that announced the comment period and summarized the report was issued to media contacts. A mailing was sent to the stakeholders, to all BNL employees, and to others who work on-site. The mailing included a summary of the report, mentioned the dates and locations of the information/poster sessions and public meeting, and provided a phone number to call to receive a copy of the entire OU I Proposed Plan. Two additional display ads announcing meeting dates were published in local newspapers. The Executive Summary of the Feasibility Study and the entire Proposed Plan were available on the BNL web site, along with the dates and times of the information sessions and public meeting.

Two Laboratory-wide e-mails reminded BNL employees of the information sessions and the public meeting dates just before each occurred. An article in the Brookhaven Bulletin explained the proposed plan briefly and gave meeting dates and the web address. Flyers announcing the upcoming poster sessions and public meeting were sent to all the public libraries in Suffolk County to be posted on their community bulletin boards. Five local civic organizations were briefed on the upcoming events and the flyers were distributed at the meetings. One civic association president was briefed by phone.

Elected officials were briefed in a letter sent in February 1999, and offered a personal briefing if that was desired. The staffs of Congressman Forbes and Senators Moynihan and Schumer were briefed by representatives of BNL and the local DOE-Brookhaven office in March of 1999. Two poster/information sessions were held at BNL, one at lunchtime and one in the evening. The Public Meeting was held at Berkner Hall, BNL on April 22, 1999. Approximately 75 people attended the three sessions, including 19 members of the public.

In addition to the above, the Lab established a Community Advisory Council (CAC) in September 1998. The CAC was given an overview of all the Operable Units in December 1998 and provided input into the Proposed Plan and Record of Decision. The Department of Energy's Brookhaven Executive Roundtable, which consists of elected officials and regulators, was provided with an update and overview of OU I in December 1998 and a comprehensive status report in March 1999.

Documents / Links

OU IV Record of Decision

OU I Record of Decision

Building 650 Closeout Report

OU IV Five-Year Review