Hultgren helps haul in $88 million pledge from UK for Fermi work
Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) recently celebrated an $88 million commitment from the United Kingdom for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, saying the pledge would help bring jobs to the Batavia area.
“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,” Hultgren said in a statement. “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.”
According to the press release, the DUNE project is the largest in the country to study neutrinos, and Hultgren has been working since June 2014 to help bring it to fruition. The experiment will create nearly 2,000 jobs in Illinois when at its peak.
“I commend the work done by Director Lockyer, the Department of Energy, and all partners involved for making this complex international partnership a reality,” Hultgren said in the statement. “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.”