Independent Group Gives A+ to Brookhaven Lab's Water Quality Consumer
- The independent Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) has given
the grade of A+ to Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual Water Quality
Consumer Confidence Report. A U.S. Department of Energy research center
located in Suffolk County on Long Island, Brookhaven Lab operates a
drinking-water supply system for its yearly population of 2,900 employees
and 4,000 guest scientists.
CCE evaluated 18 reports for the year 2000 from water suppliers with
more than 1,000 service connections. Of the A to D grades assigned to the
reports, Brookhaven Lab's A+ was one of only four "outstanding"
grades given by CCE. The majority of grades were Bs and Cs.
According to CCE, the highest grades in this evaluation were given to
the water suppliers that were effective in communicating important
water-quality information in an easy-to-read format. The CCE based its
grades on an evaluation of between 11 and 18 key components, including
completeness of the information disclosed, clarity of definitions,
readability, and report layout.
Under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, drinking-water suppliers
such as Brookhaven Lab are required to produce an annual report to inform
consumers about the water's quality. Consumer confidence reports are
expected to contain information about where the water comes from, what
analytical tests are conducted to ensure its safety, what those tests
reveal about the water, and how those results compare to regulatory
standards. Reports on last year's water quality are due out by the end of
this month. Brookhaven Lab's 2000 Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report
is available on the Web at
or by calling (631) 344-2345.
CCE, together with Citizens Environmental Research Institute, reviewed
a total of 66 water quality consumer confidence reports from across New
York State. The full evaluation of the reports is described in a May 2001
document entitled "New York's Annual Water Quality Reports: A Report
Card for 2000," available from CCE upon request at (516) 390-7150.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment is an 80,000-member, grassroots
advocacy organization working to build widespread citizen understanding
for policies and promote actions designed to protect the natural
environment and public health.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory
conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences,
as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates
major facilities available to university, industrial, and government
scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a
corporation founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit
applied science and technology organization.