Sept. 27, 2000

LLNL Statement Regarding Congressional Funding for NIF

"We're very pleased that Congress has recommended additional funding for the National Ignition Facility and that the project should move forward.

This action validates the extensive peer reviews of NIF that the Department of Energy has spearheaded over this past year -- all of which have been quite positive. Our employees have done a spectacular job to get NIF back on track and I am very appreciative of their efforts and the efforts of others who have helped with the project this year.

We look forward to seeing the specific recommendations of Congress and to working with the Department of Energy/NNSA to ensure that these recommendations are integrated into an effective pathforward for NIF."

C. Bruce Tarter
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory