Details for Public Advertisement The National Science Foundation (NSF) prepared a Draft

Public Advertisement The National Science Foundation (NSF) prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) STEM Exploration Center at Hanford near Richland, Washington. The Proposed Action is for NSF to authorize the construction and operation of the 13,000 square foot facility and associated infrastructure, including water and sewer utilities, and telecommunications connection. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve STEM (referring to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational capabilities at LIGO Hanford and support the demand for in-person educational opportunities at the Observatory by creating a facility capable of accommodating up to 10,000 visitors per year. The public is invited to comment on the Draft EA from June 23 through July 23, 2020. Comments should be submitted to Mrs. Kimberly Pigford, National Science Foundation, Division of Physics; email:; if you are unable to email, please contact Mrs. Pigford at (703) 292-7387. The Draft EA is posted to the NSF website NSF is aware of the potential impact of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the usual methods of access to information and ability to communicate, such as the mass closure of local public libraries and challenges with the sufficiency of an increasingly-overburdened internet. NSF seeks to implement appropriate additional measures to ensure that the public and all interested stakeholders have the opportunity to participate fully in this EA process. Accordingly, the public and agencies are encouraged to contact NSF directly at the email address provided to discuss and help resolve issues involving access to the Draft EA or the ability to comment. (948838) June 23 and 28, 2020

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