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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS: GREEN BANK REMAINS KEY ASSET FOR WEST VIRGINIA

November 8, 2017
Press Release
“As Green Bank advances our understanding of our universe, there is still a role for the National Science Foundation and federal funding.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on the National Science Foundation’s draft report on the future of the Green Bank Observatory:

“Green Bank Observatory is an outstanding resource not only for West Virginia but the larger scientific community. As Green Bank advances our understanding of our universe, there is still a role for the National Science Foundation and federal funding to play. I strongly support Green Bank and its employees and urge the NSF not to give up on this critical resource. I am working closely with the agency and interested parties to preserve the Green Bank Observatory as an educational and scientific resource for West Virginians,” Rep. Jenkins said.

Please click here to read the NSF’s draft environmental impact statement. The draft report recommends collaborating with interested parties for science- and education-focused operations with reduced NSF funding.

West Virginians have several ways to make their voices heard on the future of the Green Bank Observatory.

A public comment meeting will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Green Bank Science Center, 155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, W.Va. 24915

The NSF will accept public comments on the draft report for the next 60 days. Comments may be emailed to envcomp-AST-greenbank@nsf.gov, with the subject line Green Bank Observatory. Letters mail also be mailed to the NSF via Ms. Elizabeth Pentecost, RE: Green Bank Observatory, 2415 Eisenhower Ave., Suite W9152, Alexandria, Va. 22314.