Expert Feels Super Collider Competition Will 'Heat Up'

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An authority onthe Superconducting Super Collider feels the $4.4 billion project will be approved by Congress, but expects there will be heavy state and regional competition as the number of states seeking the bid are narrowed down.

Chris Quigg, deputy director of operations of the super collider central design group for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., was at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany to speak to students and local residents Tuesday about the super collider.

Quigg is currently a visiting professor of physics at the University of California at Berkley, on leave from Fermilab, where he has served as head of theoretical physics from 1977 to this year.

Oklahoma is one of approximately 24 states bidding for this ambitious federal project, headed by the U.S. Department of Energy. A short list of about five or six states which have met the technological and geological standards for the project set by the National Academy of Science is expected in December, and the state that will receive the final bid is expected to be announced in January 1989.

In a telephone interview with The Journal Record Tuesday, Quigg said his work on the design portion of project has kept him from really being able to accurately assess which states might have the leading edge for making it to the short list.

He did say, however, that it was his understanding the majority of the applications submitted were "very good and serious" proposals, because officials in these states understand the project can have a tremendous positive impact on its economy and education system. …