Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
*FY19 Programmatic Request*
As you may know, Argonne National Laboratory is in the process of upgrading their
Advanced Photon Source (APS) which is a tool used by universities and private industry to look at the structure of very tiny things like proteins. We want to make sure they get the funding they need to
stay on track. The APS is used by an impressive array of organizations including
Abbvie, Archer Daniels Midland, Dow Chemical, Caterpillar, Eli Lilly, and Purdue University.
Please join us in supporting this important project. Deadline to sign on is
NOON Thursday March 15th.
Bill Foster Daniel W. Lipinski Mike Quigley
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:
As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 energy and water appropriations bill, we write to express our strong support for Argonne National Laboratory’s upgrade of the Advanced Photon Source (APS). While we understand the challenges in developing an
appropriations bill in this constrained fiscal environment, we respectfully request that you provide $130 million for the APS upgrade within the Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences (BES) account, which will enable the project to continue on schedule.
A funding delay will add tens millions of dollars to the total cost of the project.
The APS upgrade will use next-generation technology to make the APS hundreds of times brighter, opening up scientific frontiers at the nanoscale that are completely inaccessible today. It will provide industrial and university researchers with the advanced
tools they need to continue to drive innovation in areas ranging from identifying causes of diseases and brain imaging, to advanced materials and next-generation electronics.
We thank you for your past support of the APS upgrade. The upgrade leverages the existing infrastructure, valued at $1.5 billion, while applying a new technology to create a world-leading facility at a substantially lower cost than a new facility. The project
has an experienced leadership team in place with a proven track record in major science construction projects.
With this upgrade, the APS will become the ultimate 3D microscope; without it, the United States will lose its global leadership in x-ray science to Europe, Japan, and China. This loss would not only affect our scientific leadership, but also our economy
– many of the companies and researchers that use high-energy research facilities choose to locate nearby. We ask you to fund the project within the BES account at $130 million in the FY19 energy and water appropriations bill.
Thank you for your consideration of our request.
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