Rep. Zeldin Secures Key Victories and Funding for Brookhaven National Lab Which Now Head to President’s Desk to Become Law
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement after securing key victories and vital funding for Brookhaven National Laboratory 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):
“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. This vital funding will make it possible for Brookhaven National Lab to complete the construction of their Core Facility Revitalization project two years ahead of schedule, and aids in the operation of 5 X-Ray light sources and the BNL Center for Functional Nanomaterials.”
Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory Doon Gibbs said, “We appreciate the continuing support of the New York delegation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and Brookhaven Lab. This bill provides crucial funding for the operation of our leading-edge scientific facilities and for our major research efforts, from advancing fundamental science to developing next-generation batteries, life-saving medical isotopes, and technologies that protect our nation.”
The Conference Report to Accompany the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895) includes:
- Directs 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), provides 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;
- Provides $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), provides $42.2 M in SLI to complete construction of the Core Facility Revitalization project a full two years ahead of schedule;
- Provides $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
- Provides $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.