STAR Seeks Research Grant

January 1, 1998

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering a $50,000 grant application from a coalition of East End organizations that want to hire experts to help them understand the technical aspects of the radioactive and chemical pollution from Brookhaven National Lab, the possible health and environmental effects, and the science behind cleaning it all up.

Standing for Truth About Radiation, the antinuclear group founded by Dr. Helen Caldicott and based in East Hampton, and Fish Unlimited, a Shelter Island conservation group, have applied for the grant on behalf of a committee of environmental organizations that also includes Group for the South Fork.

Carrie Clark, a spokeswoman for STAR, said the committee would decide how the money was spent but thought it would pay an expert to teach its members about the science of pollution and speak for them as well.