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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Welcomes United Kingdom Commitment to Fermilab Partnership

Sep 20, 2017
Press Release
UK Pledges $88 Million to International Experiment Following Hultgren Advocacy Efforts

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) welcomes the United Kingdom’s pledge today of $88M for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. This international project, at its peak creating nearly 2,000 jobs in Illinois, will be the largest experiment in the United States to study subatomic particles known as neutrinos.

“This commitment from the United Kingdom reinforces the strong case by the international scientific community to the value of this experiment and the unique capabilities of Fermilab,” Congressman Hultgren said.  “With this experiment, the state of Illinois will also maintain the exceptional scientific workforce that drives innovation throughout the economy, fostering a ripple effect of new jobs and life-improving technologies with it. I commend the work done by Director Lockyer, the Department of Energy, and all partners involved for making this complex international partnership a reality. I also thank UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, for his work in furthering the special relationship between the United States and United Kingdom.”

  • In June of 2014, Congressman Hultgren hosted Director Lockyer before the Science, Space and Technology Committee to discuss the newly proposed plan for DUNE and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF).
  • In August of 2016, Congressman Hultgren advocated for meetings between the United States and the United Kingdom to advance the project.
  • In July of 2017, Congressman Hultgren attended the groundbreaking of the LBNF in South Dakota, the partner facility to Fermilab in the DUNE experiment.