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April 17, 2001
Committee Taps Homestake as Laboratory Site
Physicists and other scientists want to unravel the mysteries of the universe at the Homestake gold mine. The National Underground Science Laboratory Committee on Monday recommended Homestake as the site of a world- class underground laboratory.
“ South Dakota could be the site of world- changing discoveries, thanks to this recommendation,” South Dakota Tech President Richard Gowen said. “ The laboratory will create jobs, small businesses and other economic benefits. The laboratory will allow our children to dream big and encourage them to be tomorrow’s scientific leaders.”
South Dakota Tech, on behalf of the state, proposed creating the National Underground Laboratory at Homestake. Tech officials presented the state’s proposal to the committee this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif. Three other sites also were in the running.
Monday’s recommendation is an important and critical step toward the laboratory coming to Lead. Tech officials now will refine their proposal. Tech will bring together the scientific community to help us develop a plan that matches exactly what that community needs.
" Things have really moved fast. We've gone from no place to first place in just a few months. That is truly a credit to all of the people who have worked so hard on this," Gov. Bill Janklow said.
Committee members cited Homestake’s depth and the speed at which the mine can be converted into a laboratory as reasons for selecting the mine. Experiments could be in the ground next year.
Committee member Kevin Lesko of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said Homestake “ represents a new frontier in science.”
Committee Chairman John Bahcall of Princeton University agreed.
“ The Homestake gold mine will become a gold mine for science discoveries about physics, astronomy, biology and geology,” he said.
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