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Fermilab asking for neighbors' input in planning
By Susan Sarkauskas | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 11/12/2009 12:02 AM

Fermilab is looking for advice from its neighbors.

It is compiling a community advisory board to help make plans for the accelerator laboratory's future, particularly when its famous Tevatron accelerator ceases operations in 2010.

The panel will meet starting in January. Nomination forms are available at fnal.gov/pub/neighbors/CAB, or by calling (630) 840-3351. Nominations are due Dec. 7.

In the last five years, Fermilab has had two citizens' task forces. One worked on addressing the community impact if Fermilab won the right to host the International Linear Collider. Whether to build that collider at all, and where in the world to site it, has not been decided.

Members of the previous task forces advised the lab on forming the new panel. Several will judge applications for the CAB, and several may serve on it, to provide some experience. Members also suggested the new board should seek input from young professionals. It should also consider Batavia residents who live near the lab, due to potential effects on their houses from tunneling under the lab for a future neutrino beam experiment.

"Fermilab's future is closely related to the future of surrounding communities," Director Pier Oddone said in a statement. "Meaningful and sustained community input will be essential as Fermilab plans, develops and implements future projects."

The community advisory board will discuss environmental management, economic impact and how best to integrate new activities at Fermilab with local communities. It will also advise on the lab's public participation program.

Twenty people are sought. People can nominate themselves or others.

For more information, visit fermilabcommunity.org. You can view and use interviews with members of the first task force, including Craig Jones, a Campton Township resident who led the group opposing Fermilab Superconducting Supercollider construction plans in the late 1980s.