New Electron-Ion Collider is Excellent $2 Billion Construction Investment in Our Future | Congressman Lee Zeldin

New Electron-Ion Collider is Excellent $2 Billion Construction Investment in Our Future

January 13, 2020
Press Release
Op-ed by Congressman Lee Zeldin

Long Island is home to state of the art research facilities, such as Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and supporting their important research is of the utmost importance for not only our area’s economy and the future of scientific research on Long Island, but for the scientific advancement of our entire nation and world.

Last week, it was an honor to announce that after much work behind the scenes with Department of Energy leadership, including the newly appointed Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Brookhaven National Lab was selected as the site of the Department of Energy's Electronic-Ion Collider. This cutting edge project will inject billions of dollars and an extensive number of jobs into New York’s First Congressional District, all while churning out scores of scientific discoveries that help us understand the world around us, harness the untapped potential of the natural world and, from human health to our national security and beyond, benefit nearly every aspect of our lives. Furthermore, this never-before-seen technology will make BNL and NY-1 a destination for the next generation of scientists, attracting some of our world’s best and brightest.

According to Brookhaven National Lab, all of today’s information technology relies on understanding the electromagnetic force between the atomic nucleus and the electrons that orbit it, but little is known about the microcosm within the protons and neutrons that comprise the nucleus. The Electron-Ion Collider would allow scientists to look inside the nucleus and its protons and neutrons. Scientists at BNL believe “the Electron-Ion Collider would be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the ‘glue’ that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe” and “will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.”

Brookhaven National Lab has pioneered the future of clean and green energy, medical and cancer research, and astrophysics, while encouraging and cultivating the minds of future generations of scientists. The ground-breaking discoveries of its scientists and their unparalleled work speaks for itself, and, knowing there is no one better to spearhead the future of scientific research, it’s been an honor to strongly advocate for BNL’s selection as the site of the Electron-Ion Collider. 

While directly working very closely with DOE’s great new Secretary Dan Brouillette to make this a reality, it’s clear he understands the gravity of the incredible work undertaken by the scientists at Brookhaven National Lab, and I thank him for doubling down on investing in BNL’s future for this extremely important cause. I congratulate BNL Director Doon Gibbs for leading this exceptional organization and all of its scientists who have worked incredibly hard every step of the way to make this possible, and can’t wait to see what they do next. The potential is limitless.

Congressman Lee Zeldin represents New York’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he serves as Co-Chair of the National Labs Caucus.