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Rep. Zeldin and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Spend Friday at Brookhaven National Laboratory

October 26, 2018
Press Release


Photo on left courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

BROOKHAVEN, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry spent the day visiting Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a cutting edge research institution funded largely by the Department of Energy Office of Science. During the tour, Rep. Zeldin and Secretary Perry visited the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II), Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials.   

“I thank Secretary Perry and his entire team for traveling to the First Congressional District of New York to tour Brookhaven National Laboratory and see firsthand all of the amazing work they are doing there. I would also like to thank BNL Director Doon Gibbs and his team for their exceptional work today and everyday. For decades, Brookhaven National Lab has pioneered the future of clean and green energy, medical and cancer research, astrophysics and encouraged and cultivated the minds of future generations of scientists,” said Congressman Zeldin. “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.”

Since coming to Congress, Rep. Zeldin has been a stalwart advocate for BNL. This year, Rep. Zeldin secured key victories and vital funding for BNL with House passage of the Conference Report to Accompany the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895), which:

  • Directed the Office of Nuclear Physics (NP) ($684 M in FY18; $690 in FY19) to support optimal operations for the lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and provides $5.7 M for the sPHENIX MIE;
  • Within Basic Energy Sciences (BES) ($2.090 B in FY18; $2.166 B in FY19), provided not less than $505 M for operation of the 5 x-ray light sources, including $118.2 M for the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) operations and directs BES to submit a plan for the buildout of additional beamlines as part of its FY20 budget request;
  • Provided $135 M in BES for operation and recapitalization of the 5 nanoscience centers, including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL;
  • Within Science Laboratories Infrastructure (SLI) ($232 M in FY19), provided $42.2 M in SLI to complete construction of the Core Facility Revitalization project a full two years ahead of schedule;
  • Provided $7 M in SLI to initiate preliminary engineering and design work, develop cost and schedule baselines, and begin site prep for the Science and User Support Center (SUSC), the laboratory’s gateway project; and
  • Provided $20.456 M in Non-Defense EM ($298.4 M in FY18; $310 M in FY19) for demolition and removal of the HFBR stack to meet community commitments and legal obligations.