The US Congressional delegates in front of the Château Cadarache last week.
The US Congressional delegates taking a look at the ITER construction site: Nick Rahall, Bud Albright, Albert Wynn, Dan Lungren, Rick Boucher, Tammy Baldwin, Fred Upton and ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda. Behind them, standing, are Jerry Sovka and Jean-Michel Botterau from the Agence ITER France.
On 18 March, ITER was delighted to welcome a U.S. congressional delegation lead by Representative Rick Boucher from Virginia. Other members of the delegation were Representative Fred Upton from Michigan, Representative Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, Representative Albert Wynn from Maryland, Representative Nick Rahall from West Virginia, and Representative Dan Lungren from California. The Department of Energy was represented by Under Secretary Bud Albright.
Kaname Ikeda, Norbert Holtkamp and Ned Sauthoff from US ITER gave presentations to the delegation followed by questions and discussion on the future of U.S funding. On behalf of the delegation, Congressman Boucher thanked the Director-General for the visit and expressed its support for ITER. After the presentations the group was taken to the ITER worksite. As bulldozers and scrapers went about the work of levelling the huge ITER platform, Jean Michel Bottereau from Agence ITER France gave an overview of the worksite preparation and Jerry Sovka explained the massive effort needed to build the ITER scientific buildings. return to Newsline #24