World class laser facility to be dedicated at Livermore Lab today

Energy Sec. Chu to join Lab, regional leaders at 10 a.m. ceremony

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and other dignitaries will attend the dedication ceremony for the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today.

Livermore Lab broke ground on the facility, which has a 192-beam laser, in 1997.

Lab officials say the laser facility has three major missions:

Research to support the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile;

Research into the origins of the universe, and,

Research to help pave the way for the future use of fusion energy.

The lab's first ignition attempt is set for 2010 and it has a goal of reaching nuclear fusion, which is energy produced by fusing atoms together, in 2011.

In a statement, Garamendi and DeRionne Pollard, the president of Las Positas College in Livermore, said the dedication of the facility "is a watershed event opening a new era of scientific research into the nature of our universe and, quite possibly, the era of fusion power."

They said the facility's initial task "will be to provide a better understanding of the safety and reliability of our nation's nuclear weapons."

The project is opposed by a Livermore-based group called Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment.

The group said in a statement that the facility is $4 billion over its original budget, construction is 9 years behind schedule and its mission to advance the design of nuclear weapons is being ignored.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today.

Jeff Shuttleworth,Bay City News,Jeb Bing

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Posted by West side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 29, 2009 at 8:41 am

Tri Valley Communities Against Radioactive Environment?

What a bunch of nuts.

It is time to expand Diablo Canyon to its full four-reactor design and get off our dependence of foreign oil.

These wackos are costing us money and our world leadership.

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Posted by Clint
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hey Pleasanton Weekly, you don't have to publish every press release from TVCARE wackos. Some nuts are better ignored.

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Posted by M. Simon
a resident of Livermore
on May 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm

"IEC Fusion Technology" sometimes referred to as Polywell don't get no respect.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm

What a waste of money!

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