Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$35 Million in Federal Funding for Super Collider Proposed

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$35 Million in Federal Funding for Super Collider Proposed

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A resolution providing $35 million in funding in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's authorization for the Superconducting Super Collider has been introduced in a U.S. House of Representatives committee, it was revealed Monday by Rep. Dave McCurdy, D-Okla.

The $35 million measure includes $10 for construction and design plus $25 million for research and development. An estimated 4,500 workers would be needed to build the super collider, which would have about 2,500 full-time employees.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma's six-inch thick application to house the $4.4 billion super atom smasher project will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m. Wednesday, a few hours before the deadline.

Gov. Henry Bellmon and others involved in the project say they are optimistic that Oklahoma will be among the handful of final states to be considered for the collider home. Oklahoma is proposing a 16,000-acre site near Kingfisher, about 40 miles from Oklahoma City.

The $35 million funding measure was introduced by Congressman Robert A. Roe, D-New Jersey, who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said Lynn Grigsby, a media liasion for McCurdy,

"House Resolution 3228 (the Roe measure) is a vehicle to bring the Department of Energy authorization to the full (House Science, Space and Technology) committee," said Grigsby.

The Department of Energy is heading up the ambitious project, which some experts in Washington feel will ultimately total over $6 billion due to inflation and other cost factors.

Oklahoma is one of approximately 25 states expected to submit an application to the Department of Energy for the project, which some experts say may reach $6 billion due to inflation and other cost factors.

The number of applicants will be pared down to approximately five or six in a short list which will be coming out this December. States which make it on the list will be those that basically have met the technological standards and have the best potential sites for the project.

Dr. Charles Mankin, director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, has stated in the past that he feels Oklahoma has one of the two or three best sites in the country for the super collider. Mankin has helped the state develop its application by providing geological surveys and other related work.

The super collider will consist of an underground tunnel 52 miles in circumference. Atomic particles will be sent through the tunnel at nearly the speed of light and will collide with each other. …

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