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NuMI Project Construction - Letter to the Neighbors

February 5, 2001

Dear Neighbor,

I thought you might be interested in the latest issue of FermiNews, the news magazine from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. It contains two articles about the NuMI construction project at the laboratory, whose effects you may have heard over recent months. The articles report on construction progress and present information from a recent "Just for Neighbors" Open House we held at Fermilab in January.

Because I know that blasting noise from the project has raised questions and concerns in your neighborhood, I wanted to share this information with you. I hope it will be helpful.

In addition, I want to let you know of construction milestones. Since May, 2000, more than 200 blasts have taken place. Workers have just finished a 225-foot underground hall. In the near future, the S.A. Healy Company, contractors for the project, will begin operating a tunnel boring machine, which will greatly reduce the number of future blasts. We expect the noise level to be significantly lower than in the past. The Healy Company hopes to complete the whole excavation effort before the end of the summer. However, underground construction involves many uncertainties, and changes in methods and schedules can occur. We will keep you informed.

Some of the blasting activities for the NuMI project have created more noise than we expected or wished for. Some have rattled your windows. I want you to know how much we at Fermilab appreciate your patience-and your feedback-during NuMI construction. Please don't hesitate to call the Fermilab Office of Public Affairs at 630-840-3351 whenever you have questions or concerns. We genuinely want to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Kurt Riesselmann
Fermilab Office of Public Affairs

P.S. If you'd like to receive a free subscription to FermiNews, published every two weeks, please return the yellow card or call us at 630-840-3351.

Article on "Just the Neighbors" NuMI meeting

Article on status of the NuMI construction

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