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NYPA sets hearing on hydropower for Brookhaven lab

The New York Power Authority has a new plan to provide low-cost hydropower for the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the $912-million X-ray machine being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the authority said Wednesday.

The power authority's board of trustees, at a meeting Tuesday, set a public hearing for next month on the plan to route 15 megawatts for the high-intensity light-beam research project.

The low cost of the power would help the lab compete for new scientific projects for the synchrotron, Richard Kessel, the authority president, said in a statement. The machine is scheduled to be completed by 2015.

"The scheduling of next month's public hearing follows the negotiation of a sale-for-resale agreement by the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority for the distribution of low-cost power to Brookhaven," Kessel said in the statement.

Most of the hydropower for the lab will come from NYPA's St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in upstate Massena.

The Jan. 19 hearing on the proposed NYPA-LIPA contract will be held 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the media room at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville.

The synchrotron, when finished, will be the world's brightest light. It will allow researchers to work with objects as small as one-billionth of a meter in such diverse fields as medicine, environmental sciences, biology and physics.

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