Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, far right, meets with U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of California and DOE Joint Genome Institute Director Nigel Mouncey during an Aug. 20 visit to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, far right, meets with U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of California and DOE Joint Genome Institute Director Nigel Mouncey during an Aug. 20 visit to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

BERKELEY, Calif.EM has completed a cleanup project under budget and ahead of schedule at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) that will allow valuable land to be made available for the lab’s future use.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm surveyed the cleanup of the Bayview Parcel 1 South during her visit to the lab on Aug. 20.

The cleanup of Bayview Parcel 1 South marked the completion of the sixth of nine EM projects planned at the lab. Crews deactivated, demolished, and removed tunnels, foundation slabs, and utilities for disposal at off-site facilities. They also cleaned up associated contaminated soils. The project was part of work to improve the seismic standards of buildings within the laboratory grounds.

“EM’s work at Lawrence Berkeley is an example of successful integration between EM, the Office of Science, and the national lab,” said Kevin Bazzell, EM federal project director at the site. “The removal of the Bayview tunnels and associated underground structures supports the Office of Science mission growth at LBNL, and I am proud of our joint work to make this happen.”

A view of Bayview Parcel 1 South at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in June 2019 before EM crews began demolition of the site.
A view of Bayview Parcel 1 South at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in June 2019 before EM crews began demolition of the site.

The cleanup site was part of the location of the former Bevatron, a particle accelerator that operated from 1954 to 1993 and has since been demolished. When in operation, the Bevatron was among the largest and highest-energy particle accelerators in the world. It was designed to accelerate protons to billions of electron volts.

A view of Bayview Parcel 1 South at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in July 2021 following EM’s completion of cleanup at the site.
A view of Bayview Parcel 1 South at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in July 2021 following EM’s completion of cleanup at the site.

The ongoing LBNL cleanup projects are being completed by EM and the University of California, the management and operations contractor at the lab.