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SSC sites narrowed.

SSC sites narrowed

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has performed the first cut on the 43 site proposals for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), the proposed 40-trillion-electron-volt proton accelerator. Seven of the proposals, submitted on or before Sept. 2, failed to meet the DOE's most basic criteria for availability of land, power and water and for environmental impact.

All six sites proposed by private individuals or organizations failed this first cut. None of the 25 states that made submissions (some had more than one) has been ruled out. And only one site sponsored by a state government has been dropped: the International Site, straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, submitted by New York on behalf of itself and Quebec. (The DOE says it will not consider a site that is not wholly within the United States.) New York has three other submissions still in the running, however.

The survivors include 33 sites presented by state governments and three presented by municipal governments. They have been referred to a committee of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, which will evaluate them in more detail and give DOE a list of the best qualified by January 1988.
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Title Annotation:Superconducting Super Collider
Publication:Science News
Date:Oct 17, 1987
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