Description: Early in 1996 it was reported that groundwater contamination in the form of volatile organic chemicals had been found in several private wells in an area immediately adjacent to the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York. Information released by BNL and their consulting hydrologists indicates that there should be no threat to the Authority's downgradient well fields located in Mastic as a result of said contamination. This is due to the remediation efforts undertaken by BNL at the site of its facilities to contain groundwater within such site and the distance between the sources of contaminants and their location relative to the Authority's well fields. The Authority has not encountered any such contamination in the Mastic well fields. The Authority will utilize all the data that is available from the study of this contamination in the siting of future wells, which should prevent any negative impact on those future water sources. As a result of the events described above, BNL, through the Federal Department of Energy, approached the Authority to supply residents in the areas surrounding the BNL complex and contracted with the Authority to pay for the cost of the extension of water mains into such areas and the connections of homes to the System. In early 1997, it was reported that radionuclides in the form of tritium were discovered on the grounds of BNL. Consequently, the Authority has been closely monitoring all public wells in the vicinity of BNL through independent and frequent testing. Testing for radionuclides is being performed by two independent certified laboratories to ensure the accuracy of the results. To date, all well testing has shown no contamination from BNL. While minute traces of some radionuclides were detected in some samples, they were found at levels thought to be indistinguishable from naturally-occurring background ...
Date: March 18, 2002
Creator: Di Bartolo, N.
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