EPA Compliance Audit Begins
As part of a Six-Step Action Plan announced on May 1, 1997, by the Secretary of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began a full-facility inspection of BNL to document its compliance with environmental laws. The inspection began on May 5, 1997 with the arrival of a 16-member team headed by EPA's Charles Zafonte.
Preliminary findings from the audit were released in a July 15, 1997 letter from EPA to the Secretary of Energy. EPA found some instances of poor operations maintenance and housekeeping, but they did not pose any immediate threat to workers, the environment, or public health. The letter also indicated that DOE and BNL were working with EPA during the audit to correct and resolve many of the issues. The full report was expected to be completed in the fall.