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Southern N.M. Water Projects in FY2004 Energy & Water Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 16, 2003 -- U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, chairman of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today reported success in gaining initial support for $3 million in Department of Energy funding to continue support for advanced seismology research conducted at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro.

The subcommittee today approved the FY2004 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill, a $27.3 billion measure to fund the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the measure Thursday.

New Mexico Tech is building on its reputation as a premier research institution, and its seismic research program is one area that promises to be more useful as the United States steps up efforts to monitor and control the development and testing of nuclear armaments, Domenici said.

The subcommittee approved $3 million for PASSCAL/IRIS seismology equipment at New Mexico Tech at Socorro. Domenici has constructed funding to continue to gather worldwide seismic information, the key to detecting nuclear activities such as testing and launching. New Mexico Tech is working to deploy portable instruments and record naturally occurring earthquakes. The data can then be used to characterize a region’s seismicity for nuclear monitoring, earthquake hazards and other scientific analysis.

Elsewhere in the bill, Domenici worked to support funding for other New Mexico university research projects.