Trump administration's budget cuts threaten Brookhaven National Lab

Proposed budget cuts by the Trump administration are threatening the Brookhaven National Lab – Long Island's world-renowned research facility. The plan calls for $3 billion

The plan calls for $3 billion to be cut from the Department of Energy. It's unclear how much would be trimmed from the lab's budget. The $537 million in federal funds it received last year helped fund Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source II project and its Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

The plan calls for $3 billion to be cut from the Department of Energy. It's unclear how much would be trimmed from the lab's budget. The $537 million in federal funds it received last year helped fund Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source II project and its Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. (3/17/17)

BROOKHAVEN - Proposed budget cuts by the Trump administration are threatening the Brookhaven National Lab – Long Island's world-renowned research facility.

The plan calls for $3 billion to be cut from the Department of Energy. It's unclear how much would be trimmed from the lab's budget. The $537 million in federal funds it received last year helped fund Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source II project and its Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was at Brookhaven National Lab Friday, saying it "put Long Island on the map."

"This is unique research…that's going to make our world better and has the potential for creating new kinds of jobs and technology here on Long Island," says Sen. Schumer.

Lab director Doon Gibbs says he's not yet prepared to say how proposed cuts to his budget will affect the work that goes on at the facility.

Sen. Schumer calls the proposed cuts to Brookhaven's budget nasty and shortsighted. He says he blames what he calls "ideologues" in the Trump administration who believe anything the government actively does is bad. The senator believes there is bipartisan support in Washington to kill these proposed cuts.

The proposed cuts could affect the 3,000 people employed at the lab, as well as tourism. Lab officials estimate that if the synchrotron light source is fully completed in two years, the facility should attract 5,000 scientists and students from around the world. Sen. Schumer emphasized that all those people will stay in local hotels and patronize local establishments.

 

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