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Udall Hails $500,000 Grant For Science Research Project At Henderson Mine In Clear Creek County

Location: Westminster, CO


Udall Hails $500,000 Grant For Science Research Project At Henderson Mine In Clear Creek County

Money from the National Science Foundation will further study the site

(Westminster, CO)-- Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) today released the following statement regarding a $500,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate the viability of the Henderson Molybdenum Mine in Clear Creek County for high-energy particle research:

"I am pleased that the National Science Foundation selected the Henderson Mine as one of two possible sites for a future high-energy particle research facility. This NSF grant will help highlight the many features of this site that make it worthy of such consideration and further evaluate its characteristics for this sensitive research. The mine's facilities, infrastructure and attributes make it ideal for high-energy physics research and other scientific work that will help us better understand the universe.

"As a member of the House Science Committee, I understand the value of the critically important work that would be conducted at such a facility. The benefits for scientific discovery—not to mention the practical applications from this work—are boundless.

"The Henderson Mine area has it all—a major U.S. highway (I-70), an international airport (DIA) in Denver, and many federal research laboratories and universities in the Denver and Boulder area. In addition, the geologic features of the Henderson Mine fit well with the work proposed for this site.

"I want to congratulate all of the people who have worked hard to promote this site and to convince NSF of its suitability for this research. Although much more work needs to be done to finally secure this research facility at the Henderson Mine, this grant will help us take the first steps toward seeing this project become a reality."

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