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Audit Report: IG-0532

November 19, 2001

Progress of the Spallation Neutron Source Project

When completed, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will be the world's foremost neutron-scattering facility. It will be an important scientific tool for basic research in materials science, life sciences, chemistry, solid state and nuclear physics, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering sciences. Approximately 1,000 to 2,000 users are expected to conduct research at the SNS facility each year. The facility is being built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as a partnership among six of the Department of Energy's national laboratories. The $1.4 billion project, currently under construction, is scheduled for completion in June 2006.