March 31, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Additional $42 Million in Stimulus Funds for Brookhaven National Laboratory

Funds Will Be Directed Towards Environmental Clean-Up Efforts

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced an additional $42 million in stimulus funds for Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven National Laboratory will use the funds to demolish surplus ancillary structures associated with a nuclear research reactor, remove contaminated soil and buried pipelines and dispose of off-site, and protecting the surrounding soil and groundwater. Overall, $6 billion in new funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be disbursed to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states. The additional funds were announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy.

"This is great news for Brookhaven National Lab," said Senator Gillibrand. "Creating jobs in New York is my number one priority.  This funding will accelerate cleanup of these areas that will benefit not only the Lab, but it will help create jobs and protect the environment. I will continue to work hard in the Senate to ensure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars."

Senator Gillibrand is a proud supporter of President Obama's economic recovery plan, which will save or create more than 215,000 jobs in New York State alone. The economic recovery plan will lay the foundation for future economic growth by building new transportation infrastructure, improving health care technology, investing in development of renewable energy and supporting investments in public education.

For more information on the Department's Environmental Management activities, visit www.em.doe.gov/pages/emhome.aspx.

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