DOE supporting major experiment proposed for DUSEL
From Black Hills Pioneer, March 31, 2010
Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment could cost up to $940M for construction.
LEAD -- The U.S. Department of Energy has effectively aligned itself with the National Science Foundation in order to support an anchor science experiment that will be housed in DUSEL and could cost up to $940 million for construction.
Dr. Kevin Lesko, principal investigator for the DUSEL team, said Thursday that the Department of Energy has formally stated that it needs to support long baseline neutrino research. Because of that, the DOE will support a long baseline neutrino experiment that will have Chicago's Fermilab shooting a beam of neutrinos through the earth to the 4,850-foot level of Homestake. The project will require the DUSEL team to construct the equivalent of two large cavities, which could hold 200 kilotons of water. Though DUSEL and Fermilab officials have not yet decided whether they will construct multiple large cavities, or just one massive cavity at the 4,850 level, the project will require them to do significant blasting at that level of the mine.