Governor Daugaard's Reaction to DUSEL Funding
By Jenifer Jones
The National Science Foundation is releasing up to $4 million for the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab near Lead. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the money will maintain the lab until the Department of Energy can begin funding the project in October. President Obama's budget includes $15 million in funding at that point.
"So this is definitely very good news," Daugaard says. "We believe that state funding will carry the lab, continued de-watering, continued operation through June, and then this National Science Foundation funding will take over at that point, and again the Department of Energy is requesting funding in the federal fiscal year 2012 to carry on from there. So very good news. We're very hopeful this will continue to be a great opportunity for South Dakota."
Daugaard says transferring the funding source from the National Science Foundation to the Department of Energy was based on the traditional roles of the agencies. He says the DOE typically operates labs, while the NSF funds experiments.
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