HUSEP: Overview

The HUSEP (Henderson Underground Science and Engineering Project) collaboration was formed in April 2004 for the purpose of establishing an underground science and engineering lab at the Henderson Mine, Empire, Colorado, owned by the Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of the Phelps Dodge Corporation. The collaboration is a national organization that has representatives from Henderson Mine, the science and engineering departments of several regional and national universities, and the local community.

Henderson DUSEL
In 2004, National Science Foundation (NSF) started a formal site selection process of their ``Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)" initiative. DUSEL is envisioned to be a national underground laboratory where multi-disciplinary science and engineering research will be performed. Three successive solicitations for proposals were planned: the Solicitation 1 (S1) for "Program Planning and Technical Requirements", the Solicitation 2 (S2) for "DUSEL Site and Conceptual Design", and the Solicitation 3 (S3) for final technical design.

S1 (Program Solicitation NSF 04-595) was announced in June 2004 and a community-wide proposal was submitted in September 2004, which was awarded in December 2004. For more details of this work, see: DUSEL S1 Web Site .

S2 (Program Solicitation NSF 05-506) was announced in October 2004. Responding to this solicitation, the HUSEP collaboration submitted a proposal to NSF on Feb. 28, 2005 to develop a conceptual design and a science and engineering program for a DUSEL at the Henderson Mine (Henderson DUSEL). There are eight site proposals all together and a decision to select 3-5 sites for the S3 phase of the competition was expected to be made in June 2005.

On July 21, 2005 NSF announced Henderson DUSEL proposal to be awarded as one of the two successful proposals out of eight. See NSF announcement.

On June 23, 2006 the Henderson DUSEL CDR was submitted to NSF. Then on February 9, 2007 Henderson the DUSEL S3 Proposal/CDR was submitted to NSF.

Henderson Mine
The Henderson mine is one the largest operating underground mines in the world. It is located about 70~miles west of Denver International Airport and is easily accessible via major highways. Established in the 1970s and modernized in 1999, the mine has an extensive infrastructure including high capacity rock removal, electric power, water, water treatment, and communications systems.

The mining company owns all the land required for DUSEL, including the tailings site. It has all the environmental and mining permits required for excavation, core drilling and rock disposal, so none additional are expected to be necessary for DUSEL. The site owners are enthusiastic supporters of this initiative and are actively developing a plan that will demonstrate the feasibility of inter-operation of the mine and DUSEL.

Contact Information
For more information on HUSEP and Henderson DUSEL, contact the following HUSEP Executive Committe Members:

  • Chang Kee Jung, Spokesperson/Chair, Stony Brook University:
  • Bob Wilson, Deputy Spokesperson, Colorado State University:
  • J.S. Teuscher, Member, Henderson Mine/Climax Molybdenum Company
  • Mark Kuchta, Member, Colorado School of Mines:
  • Dick Propernick, Member, Henderson Mine/Climax Molybdenum Company:
  • Steve Schultz, Member, Arapaho Project:
  • Eric Zimmerman, Member, University of Colorado: