|Date:||16 Jan 2005 20:14:44 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Brookhaven Lab|
BROOKHAVEN LAB POLLUTION 70 years to clean water? Officials say faster job that some seek would be too costly BY ANN GIVENS Long Island Newsday (NY) January 16, 2005 To some environmentalists, 70 years is too long to spend cleaning up contamination in the groundwater at Brookhaven National Laboratory. That's how long laboratory officials propose taking to get rid of the radiation there, using the most efficient method. Lab officials say that the radioactive isotope that is polluting the water, strontium-90, isn't spreading, and that there is no danger in taking longer than they had planned to clean it up. The lab's original estimate for the cleanup, which began in 2000, was 30 years, although it anticipated re-evaluating the time frame. But some lab watchdogs say such delay would set a bad precedent. "We'll all be dead in 70 years, so we should take responsibility and clean it up sooner," said Adrianne Esposito, associate executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization, and a member of the lab's Community Advisory Council. "It sends the wrong message to say that it's OK to leave this area contaminated for the next two generations." ... For the entire article, see (you may need to copy and paste the URL) http://www.newsday.com/features/printedition/longislandlife/ny-hubak4113925jan16,0,7532183.story?coll=ny-lilife-print -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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