Delivering for Central Ohio
Energy and Water Appropriations
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-Upper Arlington) announced that the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY07 contained $2 million in funding for the laser technology research facility at The Ohio State University. The bill passed the House yesterday by a vote of 404 - 20, and in keeping with the Republican commitment to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, totals $172 million below last year’s funding level.
“The Laboratory for Advanced-Laser Target Interactions (LALTI) at OSU is as unique as it is groundbreaking, and this type of research is not being funded or performed anywhere else in our nation,” said Pryce. “ Ohio State is at the forefront of laser research, and this funding is testament to the profound importance the U.S. Department of Energy places on OSU’s research capabilities. The potential scientific breakthroughs that could be delivered at this facility are infinite, and the knowledge derived there could have broad implications to both national defense and alternative energy production.”
Congressman David Hobson (R-Springfield) chairs the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, and also supported the request.The High Density Laser Facility is a laser compression laboratory located on OSU’s campus, and is a collaboration among OSU and laboratories of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Robert McGrath, the Senior Vice President for Research at OSU, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the University to Pryce and Hobson for their funding efforts. Said McGrath, “The funding provided for the Center for Laser Science at Ohio State will allow us to continue development of high pulse rate and atto-second laser systems that enable our scientists to probe the dynamics of chemical reactions and potentially use this new knowledge to destroy toxic molecules harmful to the environment or develop new functional chemicals and molecules for a wide variety of applications. We are extremely grateful to Congresswoman Pryce as well as Chairman Dave Hobson for their support for this initiative."
Highlights of H.R. 5427, The FY 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations bill