Feds: Sanford Lab experiment won’t harm environment

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - A federal government study has concluded that building and operating the proposed experiment in which scientists would shoot a beam of neutrinos from Illinois to the western South Dakota town of Lead would not have a significant impact on the environment.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1P0wHZD ) reports the draft environmental assessment from the Department of Energy studied potential effects of the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

None of the effects on people and the environment, as well as floodplains and wetlands, were considered major, so the department issued a ``no significant impact’’ finding.

The project would help scientists learn about neutrinos, which zip right through us. Neutrinos are so fast and small that scientists have barely detected them for study.

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