Texas lands the SSC

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Author: Mark Crawford
Date: Nov. 18, 1988
From: Science(Vol. 242, Issue 4881)
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 719 words

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Texas Lands the SSC ENERGY SECRETARY John Herrington has chosen Texas as the host state for the world's largest proton-proton particle accelerator. The selection of the state is expected to add needed momentum to the $5.3-billion project, which this summer had two-thirds of its budget request denied by Congress. The state's powerful congressional delegation is certain to give the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) an added push and Texas' pledge of $1 billion will make the project financially more viable.

Department of Energy (DOE) officials said the 16,000-acre tract south of Dallas was selected because it got the best overall score in the department's evaluation of sites in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Herrington stressed that the choice of the Ellis County, Texas, site was based primarily on geology and tunneling, regional resources, environmental conditions, and other preestablished factors.

He denied allegations that the state's pledge of funding or political considerations affected the department's decision. Senator Alan Dixon (D--IL) and other House and Senate members have intimated that the move to site what is being called...

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