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Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune today released a letter expressing his support for Governor Rounds' effort to develop the Homestake Mine in Lead.

"Cutting edge scientific research taking root in Western South Dakota will draw high paying jobs to our area. By investing in this high-tech underground lab now, we are transforming South Dakota’s economy for generations to come," said Thune.

Please see below the attached letter from Senator Thune to Governor Rounds.


October 6, 2005

Governor Mike Rounds

Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Dear Governor Rounds,

I am writing today to express my support for a mid-level research lab located at the former Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota. Developing this mid-level lab at 4,850 feet below the ground would bring quality scientific research and economic development to Western South Dakota while improving our position to receive the National Science Foundation’s proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (DUSEL).

As you know, I have been intent on getting the DUSEL in South Dakota since my days in the House of Representatives. Our state has always been aware of its great natural resources and has used them to create jobs and promote economic development. The Homestake gold mine was an example of this for many years. By bringing the DUSEL to South Dakota we will bring our economy into the 21st century. The underground lab presents an opportunity to use a South Dakota resource for cutting edge scientific research into physics, geology, neutrinos, and other areas of study. I support the underground lab efforts because it is a win-win opportunity for both our state and the sciences.

I believe the mid-level lab you are proposing will help South Dakota in the NSF selection process and have an immediate positive economic impact. The funding request you are putting before the State Legislature is a down payment on transforming our economy for our children and their children. I applaud you for this initiative and look forward to working with you and other South Dakota leaders as we move forward on this project.


John Thune

United States Senate