Second Target Station support letter

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On August 29, 2018, the NSSA sent a letter in support of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Second Target Station proposal to various United States Government officials:

  • Lamar Alexander, United States Senate
  • J. Stephen Binkley, Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Paul M. Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Chuck Fleischmann, United States House of Representatives
  • Mike Simpson, United States House of Representatives

An excerpt from the letter summarizes the importance of this project:

“The global landscape of neutron sources is rapidly evolving and the First Target Station at the SNS will be outperformed in major areas of science in both Asia and Europe within the next decade (within 3 years in Japan with the operation of JPARC and within 10 years in Europe with the completion of ESS).  These significant new investments by other nations, in combination with a decrease in the number of DOE-funded neutron scattering facilities in the United States over the last decade, despite the continued growth of the country’s neutron scattering user base, make funding the STS project an urgent matter. Delaying STS will result in neutron scattering leadership and science moving to Asia and Europe.”