Underground lab proposed



There is a new effort to spend more than $45 million for the construction of an underground national laboratory, this time for the purpose of observing natural phenomena, but of course with a high-energy physics overtone. To be observed are phenomena such as the gravitational constant and the earth's natural neutrino flux. This is to be a project in the realm of “non-accelerator physics” and as such will be breaking new ground in federal big-science funding.

The idea is to locate an elaborate facility for testing a number of very basic physical theories. The laboratory is to be located underground at a depth of 1–2 km at the Nevada Test Site. The area selected will be free from surface background effects and will benefit from “plenty of land, where the geology is thoroughly understood” according to a recent report (Science, August 26, 1983).