Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chu Calls NSF's Decision to Abandon DUSEL 'Disappointing'

Energy Secretary Steven Chu says that he's "very disappointed" with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for pulling out of a planned $875-million underground science lab in South Dakota. In his most extensive public comments since NSF's oversight body decided in December to walk away from the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) project, Chu told a congressional spending panel yesterday that the decision was especially hard to fathom "since [NSF] started it." Chu said he feels "personally" the anguish of the DUSEL team, led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the DOE lab that Chu directed before coming to DOE in January 2009. More>