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EPA, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND STATE AGREE ON CLEANUP AT BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY

 EPA, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND STATE AGREE ON CLEANUP AT
 BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY
 NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy and New York state have signed an Interagency Agreement (IAG) to coordinate cleanup activities for the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Brookhaven, N.Y.
 The laboratory is on EPA's list of inactive hazardous waste sites targeted for cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Additional cleanup actions at the site are also required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This Interagency Agreement, which incorporates requirements of both RCRA and CERCLA, outlines the process to be used in making decisions on the cleanup of the site and is available for public comment.
 Commenting on the IAG, EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff said, "I am very pleased with this agreement. Interagency Agreements are designed to be comprehensive documents that address hazardous response activities from the initial study phase right through implementation and completion of remedial action." He also noted, "Though the Department of Energy will be performing the work, the IAG will afford EPA a strong and well-defined oversight role. The agreement ensures that the site will be cleaned up in an expedient manner and will foster interagency communication."
 "It is gratifying for us at the Department of Energy (DOE) to see Interagency Agreements such as this one signed by the state of New York, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the DOE," said Leo P. Duffy, assistant secretary for environmental restoration and waste management. "Up to this date, we have completed 72 similar agreements with EPA regions and states throughout the country, and view them as positive signs of our efforts to involve the public, state and local governments and regulatory agencies in our long-term task of cleaning up this nation's nuclear complex."
 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Thomas C. Jorling said, "One of Governor Cuomo's objectives has been to ensure that federal agencies accept their obligation to eliminate the scourge of hazardous waste contamination stemming from their facilities. This agreement with the U.S. Energy Department marks substantial progress in achieving that goal.
 Remedial activities to clean up hazardous waste contamination are now under way at three of the four major federal facilities in New York state -- Griffiss Air Force Base near Utica, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. We expect that the U.S. Army will soon follow suit and agree to a similar comprehensive program at its Seneca Army Depot near Romulus."
 The suspected contaminants at the laboratory are: volatile organic chemicals such as chloroform, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and 1,1,1 - trichloroethane; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; low-level radioactive compounds such as strontium-90 and tritium; and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Investigations by the Department of Energy into possible contamination at the site were initiated in 1986.
 Under the Atomic Energy Act and Executive Order 12580, the Department of Energy has been assessing all its facilities to determine if any are contaminated and to what degree. A series of removal actions and longer term remediations are being planned and undertaken at the laboratory with oversight by EPA and the state of New York. These actions will result in the removal of contaminated soils and the recovery of contaminants from the ground water. Problems at Brookhaven National Laboratory are associated with past disposal practices.
 There will be a 45-day comment period starting Feb. 18, 1992, during which members of the public can submit their comments concerning the agreement to EPA Project Manager John S. DeMurley, Room 2930, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10278. The agreement will be available for public comment at the following repositories:
 Longwood Public Library, 800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, N.Y., 11953 -- Contact: Reference Librarian, 516-924-6400
 Brookhaven National Laboratory, Research Library, Technical Information Div., Building 477a, Upton, N.Y., 11973 -- Contact: Diane Mirvis, 516-282-3489
 U.S. EPA - Region II, Administrative Records Room, 26 Federal Plaza, 29th floor, Room 29-100, New York, N.Y., 10278 -- Contact: Jennie Delcimento, 212-264-8770
 Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, N.Y., 11967 -- Contact: Reference Librarian, 516-399-1511
 Town of Brookhaven Public Information Office, 3233 Route 112, Bldg. 5, Medford, N.Y., 11763 -- 516-451-6260
 Copies of the Interagency Agreement can also be requested from DeMurley, at 212-264-2597.
 Site Background
 Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is a research and development facility owned by the Department of Energy and operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a non-profit research management corporation engaged in basic and applied research in the fields of high-energy nuclear and solid state physics.
 More than 300 buildings and research facilities occupy approximately one-fifth of the 5,265-acre site, which is located above the designated sole-source aquifer for Long Island. BNL operations have continued since 1947. Formerly the site was operated by the Army as Camp Upton during World Wars I and II.
 Federal agencies are required to enter into interagency agreements with EPA prior to undertaking any remedial actions at federally owned facilities on the National Priorities List (NPL).
 Pursuant to the President's Executive Order 12580, the Department of Energy has been designated as the lead agency for this site, acting on behalf of the secretary of energy.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: Brookhaven National Laboratory; U.S. Environmental Protection
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