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Foster Bill Authorizing Funding for Illinois National Labs Passes House

Feb 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced funding authorization for crucial projects at two national labs in Illinois. The Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act of 2017 authorizes funding for Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source upgrade and Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). It also authorizes funding for the Spallation Neutron Source upgrade at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

“Each of these labs perform cutting edge research that makes the United States a world leader in scientific research and innovation,” Foster said. “I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has authorized funding for these important projects that require sustained support. Research at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source leads the way in development of new medications that could help us combat the opioid crisis. Fermilab’s LBNF will be the most powerful tool in the world to study neutrinos and could help answer some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of our universe. This funding will allow the labs to make much needed upgrades so that the United States and Illinois remain leaders in scientific innovation.”

Argonne National Laboratory will use the funding to upgrade its Advanced Photon Source to make it hundreds of times brighter, opening new scientific frontiers to industry chemists. Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility will become the first major international world class facility of its kind and will maintain American leadership in high energy particle physics. It relies on the work and collaboration of 770 scientists from 150 institutes and 26 countries. This funding will also allow the Oak Ridge Spallation Neutron Source to significantly increase the number of academic and industrial researchers it can serve.