Records Appraisal Report:
Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Contents of this report
Agency Contact | Agency History | Project Review | Record Series Reviews

Internal links to series reviews
Commission meetings
Commission committee meetings
U. S. Department of Energy - Property use agreement
Planning records
Legislative budget requests and operating budgets
Final settlement
Administrative correspondence
Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy
Administrative correspondence - Legal
Administrative correspondence - Fiscal
Texas National Research Laboratory Commission - Organizational information
Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory - Background information
Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties
U. S. Department of Energy - Background information
Working group with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory and the Department of Energy
Public Affairs - Speeches
Public Affairs - Correspondence
Public Affairs - Press releases and media lists
Public Affairs - Public relations
Public Affairs - Special projects
Public Affairs - Local information action plan
State legislation - Testimony
Educational curriculum
Relocation inducements
Regional university consortia - grants and proposals
Superconducting Super Collider fellowships - administration of program
Legal opinions
Reports and studies on possible uses of SSC assets
Reports
Photographs
Films, videos
Site development - Correspondence
Site development - Administration
Site development - Site historical information
Site development - Historical resources
Site development - Special projects project files
Site development - Environmental
Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring services project files
Site development - Geotechnical project files
Site development - Geological and hydrological project files
Site development - Utility adjustments
Site development - Property management
Site development - Ellis County project files
Site development - Planning and zoning information
Site development - Infrastructure
Site development - Land acquisition project files
Site development - East Campus project files
Site development - West Campus project files
Site development - N Site and N15 project files
Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55 project files
Site development - South Arc project files
Site development - Tunnel project files
Site development - Prototype installation facility project files
Site development - Spoils
Site development - Superconducting Super Collider central facility
Site development - Construction, central laboratory complex, project files
Site development - Project termination
Construction management - Correspondence
Construction management - Magnet Development Laboratory
Construction management - PB/MK space program


August 4, 1998, Laura K. Saegert, Appraisal Archivist


Agency Contact

None, the agency is defunct.


Agency History and Structure

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. At least one member was to be from Ellis County. Two members were to be scientists and members of a nationally recognized scientific academy, board, or association; no more than three were to represent the faculty or administration of a higher education institution in the state. The Governor designated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary. Commissioners created several standing committees to address the different areas of Commission business. These committees were Finance and Audit; Site Acquisition and Development; Governmental Affairs; Research and Education; and Personnel, Procurement, and Minority Affairs. The Commission was advised by a 17-member Texas Scientific Advisory Council (created by Executive Order WPC-88-5), and other advisory groups, including the TNRLC Advisory Council. Additionally, there were two non-profit groups created to support Commission activities, the Committee for Construction of the SSC and the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 1983, the U. S. physics community recommended the DOE give the highest priority to building a superconducting super collider. According to the SSC Conceptual Design Report, "The purpose of the SSC was to accelerate and guide oppositely directed and tightly focused streams of ultra high energy protons into collision, thereby releasing enormous energy into a volume of subnuclear size, creating conditions believed to have occurred during the first moments of our universe." A conceptual design effort began and in 1987 the President of the United States authorized the DOE to go forward with the project. States were then invited to submit proposals for siting the SSC in their state.

The TNRLC reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. In 1987 the 70 th Legislature, House Bill 1909, gave the Commission the authority to issue up to $500 million in appropriation backed revenue bonds, and Texas voters approved an additional $500 million in General Obligation bonds. Further legislation in 1989 by the 71st Legislature, Senate Bill 852, authorized the Commission to participate in the financing, development, and operation of the Superconducting Super Collider. Legislation in 1991, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, House Bill 3, transferred the Commission's bond issuing authority to the Texas Public Finance Authority, effective January 1, 1992. The bond proceeds were used to fund land acquisition, research and education programs, and future projects.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

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Project Review

I have reviewed the agency history in the Guide to Texas State Agencies (1996, 9 th edition; 1993, 8th ed.); Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465; 1 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 300; several reports produced by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission--Annual financial report for FY 1994, Request for Legislative Appropriations for FY 1996/1997, and the Strategic plan for 1992-1998; the Sunset Commission report on the agency, 1991; brochures and other publications produced by the agency and some produced by the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL); and a report by the SSC Central Design Group, the SSC Conceptual Design Report, in order to obtain information about the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. I have reviewed the TNRLC records retention schedule, the records of the TNRLC, and the records schedules of the federal SSC records, which are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region repository in Fort Worth.

As of August 1997, all records of the commission had been transferred to Austin, and are currently in the custody of either the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (some in the Archives and Information Services Division, some at the State Records Center) or the General Services Commission.

On the last retention schedule of the Commission there were 38 series designated as archival ("A" code), and 31 series designated for archival review ("R" code).

The archival series are:

  • Commission meetings
  • Commission committee meetings
  • Legislative budget requests and operating budgets
  • Strategic plans (Planning records)
  • Texas National Research Laboratory Commission - Organizational information
  • Administrative information - Original site proposal
  • Administrative correspondence - Project proposals
  • Site development - Correspondence
  • Site development - Property management
  • Site development - Utility adjustments
  • Site development - Ellis County project files
  • Site development - Planning and zoning information
  • Site development - Infrastructure
  • Site development - Land acquisition project files
  • Site development - Site historical information
  • Site development - Historical resources
  • Site development - Environmental
  • Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring services project files
  • Site development - Geotechnical project files
  • Site development - Geology project files
  • Site development - East Campus project files
  • Site development - West Campus project files
  • Site development - N site and N15 project files
  • Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55
  • Site development - South Arc
  • Site development - Tunnel project files
  • Site development - Accelerator System String Test Facility project files
  • Site development - Prototype installation facility project files
  • Site development - Special projects project files
  • Site development - Spoils
  • Site development - Construction, central laboratory complex project files
  • Site development - Superconducting Super Collider central facility
  • Site development - Tunnel information (project files relating to tunnel drawings and specifications)
  • Construction management - Central facility office complex
  • Construction management - PB/MK space program
  • Construction management - Project files regarding various buildings including the Magnet Development Laboratory
  • Construction management - Correspondence
  • Employment opportunities - Position files

The archival review series are:

  • Administrative correspondence (several separate subseries here which were not on the schedule but were reviewed separately in the report)

    • Administrative correspondence -- Department of Energy
    • Administrative correspondence -- Legal
    • Administrative correspondence -- Fiscal
  • Department of Energy -- Property use agreement
  • Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory -- Background information
  • Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties
  • Working group with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory and Department of Energy
  • Public Affairs -- Speeches
  • Public Affairs -- Correspondence
  • Public Affairs -- Press releases and media lists
  • Public Affairs -- Public relations
  • Public Affairs -- Special projects
  • Public Affairs -- Local information action plan
  • State legislation -- Testimony
  • Educational curriculum
  • Relocation inducements
  • Regional university consortia -- grants and proposals
  • Research and development -- Project information and proposals
  • Superconducting Super Collider fellowships -- administration of program
  • Confidential administrative reports
  • Commission newsletters and publications -- Record copy
  • Site development -- Interlocal agreements with various Ellis County entities (labeled on box inventories as Site development -- Administration)
  • Department of Energy information regarding University Research Association Policies
  • TNRLC Bond Issuance Program for the SSC (Debt service)
  • TNRLC's financial advisor (correspondence and information regarding the issuance of bonds)
  • TRNLC's bond counsel (advice and information on bond issuance)
  • Bond reports on TNRLC's bonds
  • Data processing correspondence
  • Purchasing correspondence
  • Human Resources general correspondence
  • Human Resource - Administration (includes personnel policies and policy for minority and disadvantaged businesses)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (plans, correspondence, reports)
  • Minority affairs (publications, historical overview of agency's minority affairs efforts)

There was one series on the schedule without an archival code that was reviewed.

  • Department of Energy - Background information

There were also 6 series not on the schedule that were reviewed. These series are:

  • Final settlement
  • Legal opinions
  • Reports - Library
  • Site development - Project termination
  • Photographs
  • Films and videos

One series not on the schedule was Annual reports. This is normally an archival series. These reports are considered part of another series on the schedule, Commission newsletters and publications - Record copy. Publications in this series were filed regularly with the State Publications Depository Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

I was initially assigned to review the records of this agency in October 1995. The TNRLC had already begun shutting down its operations, so the thought was to take advantage of staff still on site and gather information about the records series before the agency totally shut down. Unfortunately, this did not occur. I contacted the records administrator at the agency, Lisa Suggs, to inform her of the appraisal process and ask some questions. We scheduled a meeting in January 1996 that was canceled by the agency. We were not able to schedule any further meetings. I was able to get a few questions answered by the records administrator, but not ones relating to the makeup of the series or specific questions regarding the scientific and technical records of the agency. We received box inventories of all the agency's records, which provided series designations, folder titles, dates, and some notes, but were not able to actually talk with individuals creating or working directly with the records. It was decided early in 1996 to wait until the records were transferred here (scheduled for summer 1996), then begin working on the project after that. Because of delays in getting the records and a temporary project I was assigned to, work on this appraisal project did not begin until the summer of 1997.

Several series of records were permanently transferred to the General Land Office (GLO) during the shutdown phase of the TRNLC. These were primarily land-related records (surveys, notes, maps, photographs, etc.) concerning the parcels of land purchased by the TNRLC for the project which are now being sold by the GLO for the state. These records were needed in conjunction with this process. Also transferred were construction management records for the central facility at the site, which GLO has just recently sold for the state. One box of the records in this series was inadvertently sent to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This box has been transferred to the GLO.

Previous Destructions

No destruction requests have been filed by this Commission.

Project outcome

The appraisal of the agency's records is complete. Because this is a defunct agency, no changes need to be made to the records retention schedule.

Archival series

The following series have been appraised to be archival.

  • Commission meetings
  • Commission committee meetings
  • Department of Energy - Property use agreement
  • Planning records (listed as Strategic plans on the schedule)
  • Final settlement
  • Administrative correspondence
  • Administrative correspondence - Department of Energy
  • Texas National Research Laboratory Commission - Organizational information
  • Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties (listed as SSC authority on the schedule)
  • Working group with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory and Department of Energy
  • Public Affairs - Speeches
  • Public Affairs - Press releases and media lists
  • Regional university consortia - grants and proposals
  • Legal opinions
  • Reports and studies on possible uses of Superconducting Super Collider assets (listed as Confidential administrative reports on the schedule)
  • Reports
  • Site development - Correspondence
  • Site development - Administrative (listed as Site development - Interlocal agreements with various Ellis County entities on the schedule)
  • Site development - Site historical information (includes the series Administrative information - Original site proposal)
  • Site development - Historical resources
  • Site development - Environmental
  • Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring services project files
  • Site development - Geotechnical project files
  • Site development - Geological and hydrological project files (listed as Site development - Geology project files on the schedule)
  • Site development - Property management
  • Site development - East Campus project files
  • Site development - West Campus project files
  • Site development - N site and N15 project files
  • Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55
  • Site development - South Arc
  • Site development - Tunnel project files
  • Site development - Prototype installation facility project files
  • Site development - Special projects project files
  • Site development - Construction, central laboratory complex project files
  • Site development - Project termination
  • Construction management -Magnet Development Laboratory
  • Construction management - PB/MK space program
  • Photographs
  • Films and videos

Non-Archival Series

The following series have been appraised to be non-archival. Many of the records in these series have retention periods still in effect for several years, some expiring as late as 2006. These records will be kept on the schedule of the General Services Commission and stored at the State Records Center until their retention has expired.

  • Legislative budget requests and operating budgets
  • Administrative correspondence - Legal
  • Administrative correspondence - Fiscal
  • Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory - Background information
  • Public Affairs - Correspondence
  • Public Affairs - Special projects
  • Public Affairs - Local information action plan
  • State legislation - Testimony
  • Educational curriculum
  • Relocation inducements
  • Superconducting Super Collider fellowships - administration of program
  • Site development - Utility adjustments
  • Site development - Ellis County project files
  • Site development - Planning and zoning information
  • Site development - Infrastructure
  • Site development - Land acquisition project files
  • Site development - Spoils
  • Site development - Superconducting Super Collider central facility
  • Construction management - Correspondence

Special situations

The following series is archival, but was not reviewed as it refers to annual reports, newsletters and any other publications sent to the State Publications Depository Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the TNRLC.

  • Commission newsletters and publications - Record copy

The following series have been appraised to be non-archival. Within these series are a few documents that can be easily removed and transferred to an archival series. Once this is done, the remainder of the series is considered to be non-archival.

  • Department of Energy - Background information
    Retain correspondence and project plan, discard the rest.
  • Public Affairs - Public relations
    Retain general information book and photographs, discard the rest.

I was unable to locate, from the box inventories sent to us, any records specifically for six series listed on the retention schedule. They are:

  • Administrative correspondence - Project proposals and
  • Administrative information - Original site proposal
    The original proposal and this correspondence has been filed with the series: Site development - Site historical information, which contains all the Texas project proposals, accompanying correspondence, and associated administrative files.
  • Site development - Accelerator System String Test Facility project files
    I believe the project files (or some of them anyway) for this series have been filed with the series Site development - Prototype installation facility project files, as this series contains project files of a similar nature for the Accelerator System String Test Facility as well as the Prototype installation facility.
  • Site development - Tunnel information (project files)
    I believe these records are filed with another series of tunnel files, in the series Site development - Tunnel project files.
  • Research and development - Project information and proposals
    I believe these records have been filed in a similar series, Regional University consortia - Grants and proposals, as both series concerned the research and development program of the TNRLC.
  • Department of Energy information regarding University Research Association Policies
    This information could be filed in several series but I am unable to pinpoint exactly which one is the most likely candidate.

Several series on the records schedule with archival codes of "A" or "R" were not reviewed because the nature of the records within the series were unlikely to contain archival materials and thus did not warrant archival review. These were:

  • TNRLC Bond Issuance Program for the SSC (Debt service)
  • TNRLC's financial advisor (correspondence and information regarding the
    issuance of bonds)
  • TRNLC's bond counsel (advice and information on bond issuance)
  • Bond reports on TNRLC's bonds
  • Data processing correspondence
  • Purchasing correspondence
  • Human Resources general correspondence
  • Human Resource - Administration (includes personnel policies and policy for minority and disadvantaged businesses)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (plans, correspondence, reports)
  • Minority affairs (publications, historical overview of agency's minority affairs efforts)
  • Employment opportunities - position files

The series Construction management - Central Facility Office Complex contained one box, which was mistakenly transferred to the TSLAC. The other boxes in the series were transferred to the General Land Office (GLO) by the TNRLC in conjunction with the GLO's efforts to sell the central facility. We have transferred the remaining box back to the GLO.

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Record Series Reviews

Record Series Review
Series Title: Commission meetings

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These are the meeting files of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). The meeting files may contain minutes, agenda, correspondence concerning topics for discussion, memoranda concerning meeting arrangements and future meetings, supporting documentation sent to members for review, transcripts, audio tapes (for 1990s meetings), notes, register of guests attending, reports of the executive director and committees, materials re: condemnation of land considered for acquisition by the Commission, and notices of open meeting submissions. Dates covered are 1987- 1997. Some materials discussed in the executive sessions present in the general meetings re: condemnation of land were formerly restricted but are now able to be opened as the proceedings involving the land acquisition have since been concluded (Texas Open Records Act, Section 552.007).

Other materials present are a separate set of official minutes, dating 1987-1997; some printed sets of meeting files, which are less complete than the original files; dissolution documents for the TNRLC Financing Corporation, the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership, and the Committee for the Construction of the SSC, Inc.; and a briefing book for new commissioners, containing data on the agency's history, functions, finances, legislation, strategic plan, and general administrative procedures used by commissioners, such as getting reimbursed for meeting costs.

Actions taken at the meetings have varied over the years. Prior to January 1989, when the federal government announced Texas as the site for the super collider, the commission discussed several sites in Texas to present to the federal government for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas, eventually selecting sites in Amarillo and Dallas/Fort Worth. Once the Dallas/Fort Worth site made the list of the final seven choices, then the commission focused on selling that site to the federal government. After the site was selected, the Commission began considering other issues, such as land acquisition, site development, environmental impact, changes to the infrastructure in the region and other facets involved in the development and eventual operation of the SSC Lab, research and development projects, and administration of the commission. The demise of the SSC, including the settlement with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), proposals for use of SSC assets, and shutting down the agency, became the dominant topics following the federal government's decision to discontinue funding in October 1993.

Meeting files for the TNRLC standing, ad hoc and advisory committees can be found in the series Commission committee meetings.

Size of the files totals 15 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the decisions of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission formulated at the commission meetings.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. At least one member was to be from Ellis County. Two members were to be scientists and members of a nationally recognized scientific academy, board, or association; no more than three were to represent the faculty or administration of a higher education institution in the state. The Governor designated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary. Commissioners created several standing committees to address the different areas of Commission business. These committees were Finance and Audit; Site Acquisition and Development; Governmental Affairs; Research and Education; and Personnel, Procurement, and Minority Affairs. The Commission was advised by a 17-member Texas Scientific Advisory Council (created by Executive Order WPC-88-5), and other advisory groups, including the TNRLC Advisory Council. Additionally, there were two non-profit groups created to support Commission activities, the Committee for Construction of the SSC and the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. In 1987 the 70th Legislature, House Bill 1909, gave the Commission the authority to issue up to $500 million in appropriation backed revenue bonds, and Texas voters approved an additional $500 million in General Obligation bonds. Further legislation in 1989 by the 71st Legislature, Senate Bill 852, authorized the Commission to participate in the financing, development, and operation of the Superconducting Super Collider. Legislation in 1991, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, House Bill 3, transferred the Commission's bond issuing authority to the Texas Public Finance Authority, effective January 1, 1992. The bond proceeds were used to fund land acquisition, research and education programs, and future projects.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Chronological

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Commission meetings
Series item number: 1.1.017
Agency item number: 21
Archival code: A
Retention: PM

Appraisal decision:
Minutes of state commission meetings provide primary evidence of the functions and policy formulation of the highest echelon of the agency. The meeting files of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission are archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Commission committee meetings

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These are the meeting files of the committees of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Types of materials present include minutes, agenda, correspondence, memoranda, supporting documentation, reports, transcripts, audio and micro cassettes of meetings, committee assignments, and notes. Dates covered are 1987-1994. There are some materials present for each of the standing committees, and for some Ad Hoc and advisory committees, and a few external committees. The standing committees were Finance (Finance and Audit); Site Acquisition and Development; Government Affairs; Education and Research; and Procurement, Personnel, and Minority Affairs. Ad hoc committees for which some files exist include the Public Affairs Working Group, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Use of Excess Funds, and the Executive Committee on Inducements. Advisory committees represented include the TNRLC Advisory Council, and the Science Education Advisory Committee. External groups represented in these files are the Committee for Construction of the SSC and the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership. Minutes of the Commission and dissolution documents for the two external groups are present in the series, Commission meetings.

Size of the files totals 5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the actions taken by the various committees of the Commission and by advisory and other external committees.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. At least one member was to be from Ellis County. Two members were to be scientists and members of a nationally recognized scientific academy, board, or association; no more than three were to represent the faculty or administration of a higher education institution in the state. The Governor designated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary. Commissioners created several standing committees to address the different areas of Commission business. These committees were Finance and Audit; Site Acquisition and Development; Governmental Affairs; Research and Education; and Personnel, Procurement, and Minority Affairs. The Commission was advised by a 17-member Texas Scientific Advisory Council (created by Executive Order WPC-88-5), and other advisory groups, including the TNRLC Advisory Council. Additionally, there were two non-profit groups created to support Commission activities, the Committee for Construction of the SSC and the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. In 1987 the 70th Legislature, House Bill 1909, gave the Commission the authority to issue up to $500 million in appropriation backed revenue bonds, and Texas voters approved an additional $500 million in General Obligation bonds. Further legislation in 1989 by the 71st Legislature, Senate Bill 852, authorized the Commission to participate in the financing, development, and operation of the Superconducting Super Collider. Legislation in 1991, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, House Bill 3, transferred the Commission's bond issuing authority to the Texas Public Finance Authority, effective January 1, 1992. The bond proceeds were used to fund land acquisition, research and education programs, and future projects.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement:
Most files are arranged by committee, then chronologically by meeting.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps:
Files are not present for all standing committees for all years, it is unknown how many meetings may not be accounted for, if any.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Commission committee meetings
Series item number: 1.1.017
Agency item number: 22
Archival code: A
Retention: PM

Appraisal decision:
These records provide good documentation on the major functions of the TNRLC and the role of the internal committees in the performance of the Commission's duties. The files also document the Commission's relationship with its advisory and external committees. These files supplement the meeting files of the Commission, providing more details in many cases which further explore the actions taken by the Commission. The set of files which are marginally important and do not have permanent value are the files of the Procurement, Personnel and Minority Affairs standing committee--this committee's actions cover routine administrative and personnel functions and summary reports of their actions in the series Commission meetings is sufficient. This series has been appraised to be archival, with the exception of the files of the Procurement, Personnel and Minority Affairs Committee, which will be discarded.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: U. S. Department of Energy - Property Use Agreement

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains copies of the property use agreement (several drafts and final copy), a supplemental agreement, an amendment to the agreement, and memoranda and correspondence between the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the provisions in the agreement. Dates covered are 1991 and 1994. The property use agreement dictated the terms of use of real property and related improvements of the Commission by the DOE at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site. It also covered items such a payment of operating and other expenses, indemnity, construction of improvements and alterations to the property, signage, specific uses allowed of the property, inspections, damages, defaults, liens, and amendments to and termination of the agreement. The initial agreement was signed in March 1991. A supplemental agreement was signed in June 1991, with an amendment to the agreement signed in April 1994.

Size of the files totals 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This agreement documents in legal terms the use of the real property and related improvements of the Commission by the U. S. Department of Energy in the joint SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Chronological

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps:
The original signed copies of the original agreement and of the amendment in 1994 are not present. The originals should be with the files of the Commission, they likely are in the records used by the agency when closing up its operations. These files have only recently been transferred to the General Services Administration.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Department of Energy - Property Use Agreement
Series item number: 5.1.001
Agency item number: 32
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+5

Appraisal decision:
These files document the arrangements made between the TNRLC and DOE to jointly manage the real properties in the SSC project. Agreements of this nature are not usually archival, however this was an unique project and the agreements made with the DOE in jointly managing this aspect of the project need to be maintained because they show how the properties were managed and used by both agencies. These files have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Planning records

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
There are two sets of materials in this series. The majority of the files are those created by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) for use in the strategic planning process mandated by the Legislature. Types of materials present are correspondence and memoranda, drafts and copies of the plan, and working papers used to comprise data for the plan, including the Texas Funding profile, U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) payment process schedules, Department of Energy/Superconducting Super Collider design and cost reviews, contingency plans, TNRLC staffing plans, and the Project Management Plan. These files are dated 1987-1993 and were used in creation of the Strategic Plan for 1992-1998.

Strategic plans are long-range planning tools prepared by the agency in which the goals and objectives of the agency are presented along with performance measures for each. Plans contain a mission statement, a statement of philosophy, an external/internal assessment of the agency, and goals of the agency. Each goal contains objectives, strategies, and output measures for measuring and achieving the goals. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission prepared one plan, in 1992, with the planning time 1992-1998.

The other planning records in this series concern the Project Management Plan. This plan was created by the TNRLC, SSCL, and DOE to create a process for managing the SSC project. These files contain several drafts of the plan and revisions of the plan adopted, correspondence, and memoranda, dating 1989-1992.

Size of the files totals 4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
The materials document the strategic planning process and the process for developing a joint management plan between the project participants. The strategic plans are long-range planning tools prepared by the agency which set forth goals and objectives of the agency over a multi-year period. The Project Management Plan was prepared to create a process for managing the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities. The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None, the strategic planning process didn't start until 1992.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related federal records concerning the Project Management Plan can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
The agency's strategic plan is published and sent to required agencies, which include the State Publications Depository Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Strategic plans
Series item number: 1.1.024
Agency item number: 25
Archival code: A
Retention: AR

Texas Documents Collections holdings:
The archival requirement for the strategic plan is fulfilled by sending copies of the final plan to the Publications Depository Program, Texas State Library and Archives Commission (12 Texas Administrative Code, Section 3.3 (1) (C)). The Texas Documents Collection holds copies of the plan for 1992 (covering 1992-1998).

Appraisal decision:
Most of these materials document the strategic planning process of the National Research Laboratory Commission. These materials are summarized in the strategic plan and do not require archival retention. The strategic plans document the long-range planning of the commission and are already considered archival. Their archival mandate is fulfilled by the agency sending copies of the plans to the Publications Depository Program. The materials used in preparing the strategic plan are not archival and will be discarded as they have fulfilled their retention period.

A few files cover the planning process for developing the Project Management Plan. These files document the joint effort of the TNRLC, the SSC Lab, and the DOE in developing a plan to manage the SSC project. The planning materials concerning this plan document a project unique to Texas and the TNRLC's mandated role in managing Texas' responsibilities with the SSC project. These planning records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Legislative budget requests and operating budgets

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains working papers of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) used in preparing their Legislative Appropriation Requests, including financial materials, notes, correspondence, memoranda, and drafts and final copies of the requests. Dates covered are 1990-1997. The majority of the files cover fiscal year 1994-1995.

The appropriation requests generally contain narrative statements of agency functions or programs. Program objectives are listed, along with a description of each objective, discussions of performance measures, statistics, program need indicators, and expenses--expended, current, and projected, at different funding levels.

Additional materials concerning the state budget process can be found in the series State legislation - Testimony.

Size of the files totals 3.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These working papers were used in preparation of the Legislative Appropriation Requests. The appropriation requests are used to request specific appropriations from the legislature and to provide justification for the amounts requested.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Chronological for 1990-1993, topical for 1994-1995.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None present prior to 1990.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Legislative Budget Board, Legislative Budget Estimates have been published since fiscal year 1954 and 1955. This publication, a compilation of data for all state agencies, summarizes the fiscal information found in agency-submitted budgets or appropriation requests, but omits most of the narrative.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Legislative Budget Requests and operating budgets
Series item number: 1.1.004
Agency item number: 58
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+6

Texas Documents Collections Holdings:
The archival requirement for this series is fulfilled by sending the required copies to the Publications Depository Program, Texas State Library and Archives Commission (13 Texas Administrative Code, Section 3.3 (3)). The Texas Documents Collection holds requests for 1990/91-1996/97.

Appraisal decision:
The working papers document the preparation of the Legislative Appropriation Requests. The printed version of the LAR is already considered an archival record and is sufficient documentation of this process. Biennial budget requests prepared by state agency boards and/or commissions provide evidence of an agency's fiscal performance and needs. The archival requirement for these records has been fulfilled by sending copies to the State Publications Depository Program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The working papers have been appraised to be non- archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2003.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Final settlement

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains records documenting the settlement issues between Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the demise of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Types of materials present include background materials re: past TNRLC and DOE interactions (budget, agreements, correspondence, etc.), questions and answers about the settlement prepared by the state; correspondence; reports re: issues such as costs for site restoration; requests for surplus equipment, inventories of equipment; notes; deeds, assignments of license, bills of sale and other legal documents; attorney papers (re: negotiation issues) prepared in anticipation of litigation; and drafts and final copies of the settlement. Dates covered are 1989-1996 (bulk 1993-1996).

The attorney papers were considered confidential by the agency when created due to attorney-client privilege. These are now open as a settlement was reached and signed by both parties (Texas Open Records Act, Section 552.007).

Site development-related issues of the TNRLC at the end of the SSC project are also documented in the series Site development - Project termination. Discussions of the final settlement and shutdown activities can also be found in the series Commission meetings.

Size of the files totals 6.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the negotiations that resulted in a final settlement between the state and the U. S. Department of Energy regarding the final disposition of the SSC site and SSC assets.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69 th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million by the DOE to Texas, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property to Texas, and restoration of the site.

The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By type of material.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? None

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Settlement records of the DOE can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
One of the final functions of the Commission was to reach a satisfactory agreement with the U. S. Department of Energy over the final settlement regarding the disposition of the Superconducting Super Collider and its assets. These files document the work and negotiations involved in reaching the final settlement. This project was important and unique to Texas and these records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Administrative correspondence

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains incoming and outgoing administrative correspondence and memoranda of the Commissioners, the executive director and other Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) staff. Other materials present include copies of site proposals, reports, financial materials, agenda of upcoming meetings or legislative hearings, maps, construction status updates, notes, and resumes of potential employees. Dates covered are 1987-1997. Topics discussed include site selection for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), including information gathered for the sites presented to U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and socioeconomic impact; legislation regarding the agency's status and that of the SSC; upcoming commission and committee meetings; conferences attended and talks or seminars given by TNRLC staff; land acquisition and treatment of land owners; zoning; mitigation; infrastructure; construction at the site; funding agreements between TNRLC and the DOE; the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL); legal issues; SSC project termination; the final settlement; administration of the agency; questions from the public about the SSC and the agency; and requests for jobs at the agency.

Correspondents include the executive director, Dr. Edward C. Bingler; several other TNRLC staff members; the Chairman and Commissioners of the TNRLC; the DOE (largely before 1990 and after 1994); staff at the SSC Lab; congressmen and legislators; state agencies and officials; members of the scientific community; contractors; businesses; local government officials; land owners; and the general public.

Several other series of administrative correspondence are present (they were boxed up separately from the rest of the materials in this series) and are being appraised separately. These are Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy, 1990-1994; Administrative correspondence - legal, 1987-1994; and Administrative correspondence - fiscal, 1987-1994.

Size of the files totals about 31 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the agency's handling of its functions, from the selection of sites in Texas to offer for the proposed SSC to the termination of the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. At least one member was to be from Ellis County. Two members were to be scientists and members of a nationally recognized scientific academy, board, or association; no more than three were to represent the faculty or administration of a higher education institution in the state. The Governor designated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By fiscal year, then usually by TNRLC staff member.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? None

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Administrative correspondence
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 1
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
This correspondence documents the functions of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission from the selection of sites in Texas to the offer for the proposed SSC to the termination of the SSC project. Much of the correspondence is from the Executive Director of the agency, and the Commissioners. This is the highest level correspondence series and includes very little general administrative correspondence. It provides comprehensive coverage of the actions of the Commission and its highest executive officer, and documents a unique project in Texas' history. These records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These records consist of correspondence and memoranda between the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), dating 1990-1994. These are largely incoming letters to the TNRLC, many with attachments, including maps, reports, the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) mitigation action plan, and equipment and property inventories. Topics discussed include land acquisition; zoning; use of facilities--space needed by DOE and others, such as contractors; mitigation; infrastructure; construction at the site; funding agreements between TNRLC and the DOE; SSC project termination, including use of the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) facility and other SSC assets for future non-SSC uses; and the final settlement.

Correspondents include Dr. Edward C. Bingler, executive director of the TNRLC; Joseph Cipriano, initial SSC project manager; Edward G. Cumesty, later SSC project director; various DOE staff, and a few other TNRLC staff. Outgoing correspondence of Dr. Bingler can be found in his monthly outgoing correspondence, in the series Administrative correspondence. Earlier correspondence with the Department of Energy can also be found in the series, Administrative correspondence, in the files of the Chairman and of Dr. Bingler. Additional material regarding the settlement can be found in the series, Final settlement.

Size of the files totals 0.75 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document interaction between the TNRLC and the DOE on the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Chronological

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? None

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Part of the administrative correspondence files.
Title: Administrative correspondence
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 1
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
This series documents interaction between the TNRLC and the DOE on the SSC project, from the early stages after the project was awarded to Texas to the closing of the SSC project. It discusses a number of pertinent issues involved in the project and supplements related materials in the series Administrative correspondence. These records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Administrative correspondence - Legal

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These are the files of the General Counsel of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Types of materials present include correspondence and memoranda; copies of contracts, amendments, right-of-ways, and other legal documents; open records requests; notes; financial materials; fact sheets--progress summaries on projects; policy and procedure statements; resumes; legislation; and copies of meeting minutes. Dates covered are 1987-1994. Topics covered primarily concern land acquisition, eminent domain and other legal proceedings, and construction of facilities. Other topics also present include commission and committee meetings, use of outside legal counsel, research grants, personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity issues, and termination of the Superconducting Super Collider project (SSC).

Correspondents present include the General Counsel, executive director, and other TNRLC staff; outside legal counsel; Department of Energy; contractors; Texas Attorney General's office; state agencies; universities; and land owners.

Some documents concerning land proceedings were considered confidential by the agency when created due to attorney-client privilege. These are now open as the land issues involved have been settled (Texas Open Records Act, Section 552.007).

Material documenting the land acquisition process can also be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, with the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the series Site development--Land acquisition project files. Materials documenting the settlement between the TNRLC and the DOE can also found in the series Commission minutes and in the series Final settlement.

Size of the files totals 13 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the actions of the General Counsel of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. The Commission has worked with the U. S. Department of Energy, Governor's Office, and Texas Department of Commerce to fulfill project termination. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally- owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By fiscal year, then topical.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Part of the administrative correspondence files.
Title: Administrative correspondence - Legal
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 1
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
These files document the actions taken by the General Counsel regarding legal issues involving the agency. Summary documentation of legal issues are covered in other series, especially in the series Commission meetings and in the series Final settlement, which is sufficient coverage for the General Counsel's actions. This series has been appraised to be non-archival. All the records in the series have fulfilled their retention period.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Administrative correspondence - Fiscal

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence and other documents concerning financial activities of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Types of materials present include correspondence, memoranda, trust fund reports, issuer reports (bonds), invoices, and instructions from state agencies re: financial transactions. Dates covered are 1987-1994. Topics covered include bond issuance, the funding agreement with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), audits, financial advisors to the Commission, and agency appropriations. Correspondents include the agency's director of fiscal affairs and the chief accountant, other TNRLC staff, members of the Commission's Finance Committee, legislators, financial institutions, state agencies, and businesses.

Other documentation of the DOE funding agreement and the bond issuance can be found in the agency's annual reports, in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, particularly in the files of the Finance Committee. The funding agreement is also covered in the administrative correspondence, both in the series Administrative correspondence and in the series Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy.

Size of the files totals 0.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document fiscal activities of the TNRLC.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. In 1987 the 70 th Legislature, House Bill 1909, gave the Commission the authority to issue up to $500 million in appropriation backed revenue bonds, and Texas voters approved an additional $500 million in General Obligation bonds. Further legislation in 1989 by the 71st Legislature, Senate Bill 852, authorized the Commission to participate in the financing, development, and operation of the Superconducting Super Collider. Legislation in 1991, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, House Bill 3, transferred the Commission's bond issuing authority to the Texas Public Finance Authority, effective January 1, 1992. The bond proceeds were used to fund land acquisition, research and education programs, and future projects.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By fiscal year.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Administrative correspondence - Fiscal
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 1
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
This series documents fiscal activities of the Commission, which are adequately documented in summary form in the annual reports, and in other series of records--Commission meetings, and Commission committee meetings (Finance Committee minutes), Administrative correspondence, and Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy. These materials have been appraised to be non-archival. The records have fulfilled their retention period.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission - Organizational information

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains materials that document the organization and early activities of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). It also contains a handbook that detailed information new commissioners needed to know as members of the commission. Types of materials present include memoranda, correspondence, agenda, minutes, executive director reports, plans of action, internal strategic plan, briefings and testimony before Congress, legislation, organization charts, rosters and biographical sketches of commissioners and staff, committee appointments and duties, lists of key contacts in and out of the agency, clippings, news releases, and financial information. Dates of these records are 1987-1991. The handbook is dated 1991, the other materials date 1987-1990.

Topics covered include the establishment and initial organization of the TNRLC and advisory committees; reviews of all proposed Texas sites by the Commission; the Dallas/Fort Worth Superconducting Super Collider Authority (DFW/SSC Authority), which assisted the commission with the preparation and presentation of the site proposal for the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE); work of the TNRLC's Washington office and the Texas Congressional delegation in lobbying for Texas as the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site; work of the Texas Office of Federal-State Relations with the TNRLC; information about the final seven sites under consideration; general information about the SSC project produced by the DOE; agency expenditures and budget information; and detailed information presented to new commissioners, including background data on the Commission, committee appointments and duties, organization of the agency, program activities, budget information, enabling legislation, rosters, formal agreements, biographical data, key contacts, and general administrative procedures.

Correspondents include commissioners, the executive director, agency staff, staff in the Texas Office of Federal and State Relations, the Department of Energy, and several outside groups. Advisory and other groups represented in the records include the DFW/SSC Authority, Texas Scientific Advisory Council, National Research Laboratory Advisory Council, and the Texas SSC Coordinating Committee.

Additional documentation on these activities of the Commission can be found in the series Commission meetings and Commission committee meetings, including a handbook for new commissioners similar to this handbook. Also, the series Site development - Site historical information contains information about the Texas sites reviewed by the Commission and the Texas site proposals they submitted to the DOE.

Size of the files totals about 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document the early organization of the TNRLC and its functions, especially prior to Texas being selected as the site for the SSC. They also document information deemed essential for new commissioners to have to enable them to understand their role with the agency.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate for overlapping six-year terms. At least one member was to be from Ellis County. Two members were to be scientists and members of a nationally recognized scientific academy, board, or association; no more than three were to represent the faculty or administration of a higher education institution in the state. The Governor designated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary. Commissioners created several standing committees to address the different areas of Commission business. These committees were Finance and Audit; Site Acquisition and Development; Governmental Affairs; Research and Education; and Personnel, Procurement, and Minority Affairs. The Commission was advised by a 17-member Texas Scientific Advisory Council (created by Executive Order WPC-88-5), and other advisory groups, including the TNRLC Advisory Council. Additionally, there were two non-profit groups created to support Commission activities, the Committee for Construction of the SSC and the Foundation for American Scientific Leadership.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By topic or type of material.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: TNRLC - Organizational information
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 38
Archival code: A
Retention: US+5

Appraisal decision:
These records document the creation of the commission, early organizational activities, the commission's work and lobbying efforts in attempting to acquire the SSC site for Texas, and also, through a large handbook, what the agency deemed essential for new commissioners to know to enable them to understand their role with the agency. These records provide significant documentation on the original purpose and early activities of the commission. They have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory - Background information

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains various files concerning the operation of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). Types of materials present include correspondence, scattered monthly progress reports and financial reports, cost and construction estimates, U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) procurement handbooks, management plans, staffing projections, and biographical sketches of the staff. Dates covered are 1990-1991. Topics covered include insurance, management, the maintenance and operation contract for the lab, and progress of the construction and other parts of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Correspondence is minimal, primarily between Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the lab concerning insurance options for the lab. Also present is a summation on the SSC Program Advisory Committee's first meeting in February, 1990.

These records provide sketchy coverage of the SSCL. TNRLC interaction with the lab is more fully documented in the series Commission meetings and in the series Administrative correspondence.

Size of the files totals 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records provide some information about the operation of the SSCL.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 1983, the U. S. physics community recommended the DOE give the highest priority to building a superconducting super collider. According to the SSC Conceptual Design Report, "The purpose of the SSC was to accelerate and guide oppositely directed and tightly focused streams of ultra high energy protons into collision, thereby releasing enormous energy into a volume of subnuclear size, creating conditions believed to have occurred during the first moments of our universe." A conceptual design effort began and in 1987 the President of the United States authorized the DOE to go forward with the project. States were then invited to submit proposals for siting the SSC in their state. The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: No

Use constraints: No

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: Records are sketchy, covering only a portion of the period the lab was in existence.

Problems: No

Known related records in other agencies:
More detailed records about the operation and history of the SSCL can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: No

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: SSC Laboratory - Background information
Series item number: 1.1.034
Agency item number: 36
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+2

Appraisal decision:
These records provide sketchy coverage of the operation of the SSCL. TNRLC's interaction with the Lab is more fully documented in the series Commission meetings and Administrative correspondence, which is sufficient coverage of the interaction of the commission and the lab with each other. Since the SSC Lab was operated by the Department of Energy, more complete documentation of the SSC Lab is available in the records of the SSC project at the National Archives (see Known related records section). Also, operation of the SSC lab was not a direct function of the TNRLC, thus specific documentation on the lab does not need to be maintained by the Library and Archives Commission. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
The series contains records of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission's (TNRLC) involvement with the Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties (SSC Authority), including correspondence, memoranda, minutes of the Authority, notes, drafts and the final copy of the SSC Authority and TNRLC funding agreement, court orders, and dissolution materials for the Authority. Dates covered are 1987-1996. Topics covered include the initial proposal for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area submitted by the SSC Authority to TNRLC, the funding agreement between the SSC Authority and the TNRLC for the purchase of land for the SSC project, and the use of funds collected by the SSC Authority for wrapping up the SSC project. Correspondence is primarily between the SSC Authority and the TNRLC. Some materials concerning the state of Texas-U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding is present following the end of this series and likely belongs in another series.

Further documentation of the work by the SSC Authority and the work of the TNRLC in presenting the Ellis County site to the DOE is in the series, Site development - Site historical information.

Size of the files totals about 1.25 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the interaction between the TNRLC and the SSC Authority.

Agency program:
The Dallas/Fort Worth Superconducting Supercollider Authority (SSC Authority) was formed in 1987 to prepare a proposal to submit to the Texas Natural Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) for siting the Superconducting Super Collider in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, specifically in Ellis County. The SSC Authority worked with the TNRLC for further presentation of the site to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) after the site was selected as a finalist. Work done by the SSC Authority included geological, ecological, and environmental research as to advantages of the site; confirmation of soil characteristics; providing plans and schedules for real estate acquisition; providing data on regional resources, such as utilities; and obtaining commitments for financial inducements. The name of the SSC Authority was changed in 1988 to the Texas Superconducting Super Collider Authority. In March, 1989 the SSC Authority was dissolved. In 1990, through court order, the Authority was recreated as the Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority for Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties. It was charged with improving the commerce and economy in the area and reducing unemployment through planning, financing, acquiring, constructing, owning, operating, and maintaining eligible projects necessary or incidental to the SSC and the neighboring communities. In 1991 the SSC Authority and TNRLC signed a funding agreement concerning land acquisition, whereupon the SSC Authority would pay the TNRLC $36,000,000 without interest, with TNRLC then providing all the funds necessary to acquire all lands required for the SSC project, regardless of the cost. In 1996, the Authority was again dissolved, and any remaining funds collected by the SSC Authority were transferred to the TNRLC for use in wrapping up the SSC project.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: SSC Authority
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 137
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+5

Appraisal decision:
These records document the work of the SSC Authority, especially the funding agreement between the Authority and the TNRLC. The Commission's initial function was to prepare proposals for siting the SSC in Texas. This series is reflective of that function and the collaboration between local and state government in achieving this goal. If the state uses the site in the future, action by local governments may again be involved and this material documents such state-local involvement. These records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: U. S. Department of Energy - Background information

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, status reports, fact sheets, a project plan, and an audit report on the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Dates covered are 1987-1993. Correspondence is present between the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), dating 1988, which specifically covers the selection of the Dallas/Fort Worth site as a finalist for the SSC project. Accompanying the letters are background material on the SSC project prepared by the DOE, including fact sheets, and an early status report (1987). The majority of the materials concern an audit report on cost overruns of the SSC project done in 1993 by the United States General Accounting Office. There was some controversy over the accuracy of this report by the Department of Energy. Also present is a project plan for the SSC project done by the DOE in 1992 .

Other correspondence with the Department of Energy can be found in the series Administrative correspondence, and the subseries, Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy. Further coverage of the project plan can be found in the series Planning records . Additional early background material on the SSC project can be found in some other TNRLC records, including the series Commission meetings and Reports--Library.

The General Accounting Office audit report has a note "Restricted - not to be released outside the GAO unless specifically approved by the Office of Congressional Relations." Since a photocopy of the report is in the records of the Commission, we have assumed its release to have been approved.

Size of the files totals 0.24 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These materials provide some background information on the Superconducting Super Collider project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Department of Energy - Background information
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 31
Archival code: none
Retention: PS

Appraisal decision:
This series provides some documentation on the SSC project, but it is fragmented. The correspondence (1988) could easily be put in the series Administrative correspondence - U. S. Department of Energy (1990-1994) although the time frames are slightly different, or else placed in the overall administrative correspondence series, where the earliest correspondence with the DOE resides. The status reports and fact sheets contain data which is likely duplicated in other series and summarized in reports; and the project plan is documented in the series Planning records . Because of the sketchy coverage of the SSC project in this series and the fact that early documentation of the project is available in several other series, the correspondence has been appraised to be archival and will be transferred to one of the correspondence series. Further, the project plan will be transferred to the series Planning records. The status report and audit report will be retained only if not found within the records of another series. The fact sheets have been appraised as non-archival. All these records have fulfilled their retention period.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Working group with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory and the Department of Energy

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These are minutes and associated materials from the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Superconducting Super Collider Lab (SSCL) working groups. Types of materials present include minutes, meeting summaries, agenda, phone transcripts of conference calls, notes, objectives of the groups, membership lists, correspondence, memoranda, and items discussed at the meetings, such as reports, site maps, plans, project specifications, and schedules. Dates covered are 1987-1990.

The working groups were composed of members of the DOE staff, the SSCL staff, and the TNRLC staff. The groups were created as outlets for the exchange of information and coordination among parties interested in the group's specific issues (real estate, etc.) related to the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). They identified goals, issues, and potential solutions related to their specific charge. The working groups were Real Estate/Conventional Construction, Socioeconomics, Survey and Site Modeling, Physics Research, Policy, Outreach, Education, and Private Inducements. According to the records, the groups were largely active in 1989, with some materials also present in 1990.

Size of the files totals 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document the activities of the DOE/SSCL/TNRLC working groups.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities. One facet of this coordination was the establishment of working groups composed of staff from all three parties--the DOE, the SSC Lab, and the TNRLC. These groups were created as outlets for the exchange of information and coordination among parties interested in the group's specific issues (real estate, etc.) related to the SSC.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical by group

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Working group with SSCL and Dept. of Energy
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 26
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
These records document the actions of the DOE/SSCL/TNRLC working groups. These files provide a good look at the working relationship these groups developed to carry out projects/actions, etc. to push forward the implementation of the SSC project. These records have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Speeches

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series contains speeches, most given by Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) personnel; background material used for speech preparation; and informational material about the Superconducting Super Collier (SSC) and the TNRLC. Types of records present include speeches, slide presentation transcripts, notes, correspondence, brochures and other informational publications, fact sheets, newsletters, maps, articles, papers, reports, and similar materials used for research or speech preparation. Dates covered are 1988-1993. Topics covered include what the SSC is, why it is needed, what it can do, work of the Commission, and budget requests for the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Many of the speeches were presented by Ed Bingler, the executive director of the agency; others were given by commissioners; TNRLC staff; staff of the SSC Lab; and DOE staff.

The Public Affairs Office of the TNRLC offered opportunities for groups, classes, etc., to get information about the SSC and the agency. They provided speakers, slide presentations, information displays, and organized tours of the SSC Lab. They also assisted speakers with speech preparation.

Size of the files totals 1.25 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document efforts of the agency is to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the general public, various organizations, and others.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Speeches
Series item number: 1.1.040
Agency item number: 46
Archival code: R
Retention: 2

Appraisal decision:
The speeches and informational material prepared by the agency document the Public Affairs Office responsibilities in disseminating information about the SSC and the agency, which was one of the functions of the TNRLC. These materials have been appraised to be archival. However, there are duplicates of some items that can be removed and discarded. Also, background materials used for research and speeches given by other entities are not needed to document this function. These can be discarded. All the materials have fulfilled their retention period.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Correspondence

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence and memoranda of the Office of Public Affairs of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Other materials present include copies of press releases, newspaper articles, lists of research and development grants awarded, itinerary for visiting dignitaries, resolutions, copies of symposium or conference registration forms, and a few monthly reports of public affairs activities. Dates covered are 1989-1991. These materials concern activities such as advising the commission of current community relations issues, preparing drafts of statements to be used for speeches, writing newspaper editors to comment on editorials or provide them notice of newsworthy events, checking facts for magazine articles, and advising media of education activities, such as a major science competition won by a Texas high school using Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) data. Major correspondents include Sandra Dunn, director of Public Affairs, the chair of the commission, other commissioners and TNRLC staff, and newspaper editors.

Size of the files totals about 0.4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document efforts of the agency is to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the general public.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By staff member

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: No records present after 1991.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions: None
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Public Affairs - correspondence
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 39
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
These records document activities of the Office of Public Affairs. However, the output of the office, such as speeches prepared and press releases issued are documented in other series Public Affairs - Speeches; Public Affairs - Press releases and media lists. These two latter series provide sufficient documentation of the dissemination of information function of the agency. This series provides data on some of the background activities used to produce these materials but the overall actions of the office are adequately documented in annual reports, minutes, and various publications of the Commission.

This series has been appraised to be non-archival. The retention period of the records has been fulfilled.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Press releases and media lists

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series consists of press releases and media lists. Dates covered are 1987-1993. Most of the press releases were issued by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), but also present are releases from the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Universities Research Association (URA), the latter being a group of universities and research institutions affiliated with the SSCL. The media lists are copies of articles and editorials appearing in newspapers and journals about varying aspects of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project and related scientific issues. Topics covered by the releases and articles include the choice of Dallas as a finalist in the site selection, selection of Dallas as the SSC site, notice of public or town meetings and speakers, notice of commission meetings, scientific projects the SSC project would produce, appointments to positions at the TNRLC and the SSCL, work underway at the site (eg. historic resources survey), construction progress, land acquisition updates, RFP's and contracts, fellowships and grants awarded, education issues involving the SSC project, and financing for the project.

Also present is a series of reports prepared by economist Ray Perryman, dating August 1993, concerning the economic impact the SSC would have in the United States and specific economic impacts in most of the states. A report is present for the US and one for most states. The reports consist of news releases issued by Perryman Consultants. An earlier series of reports by Perryman Consultants concerning the economic impact of the SSC on Ellis County can be found in the series Reports - Library.

Size of the files totals about 1.25 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document efforts of the agency is to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the media, and they reflect the type of information gathered about the project from outside sources.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site

Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By type of record

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
The releases were sent to the media and were published in various state and national newspapers.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Press releases and media lists
Series item number: 1.1.019
Agency item number: 41
Archival code: R
Retention: 2

Appraisal decision:
The press releases document efforts of the agency to disseminate information about the agency and the SSC project, which was a function of the TNRLC. A variety of topics are covered and these provide a good source for information about the SSC project as presented to the public. The releases issued by the other bodies (SSC Lab, DOE, and URA) complement the data presented by the TNRLC.

The media lists are compilations of articles about the SSC and related scientific issues/projects. The Perryman reports are a reference source about economic impact of the SSC in the United States and various states. The value in these items would be for the agency to see how the SSC project was perceived by the media and others. While this value is less significant than the press releases, it does complement the press releases. Also, some of the information reported by outside sources likely prompted responses by the agency in several areas. The records in this series have been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Public relations

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series contains background materials for pending projects within the Office of Public Affairs of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Materials present are a printed general information book (multiple copies) about the agency and the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC); drafts of a publication on benefits of the SSC, "Not for Scientists Only," by the SSC Lab, and notes on benefits, including a list giving summary descriptions on some SSC/TNRLC videos; proofs for a technical presentation book used for site tours; and photographs of the site. Dates covered are 1989-1992. The photographs consist of 35mm color prints of state legislators touring the site in 1992. The people in the photos are not identified.

Size of the files totals 0.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These materials were used in preparing information about the site for the general public and others.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction.

In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By project.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps:
Final copies of two of the reports are not present. Also, the proofs for the technical presentation book do not indicate if they are complete.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Not for Scientists Only: Technology Spin-offs from High Energy Physics and the Super Collider, by the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Public relations
Series item number: 1.1.028
Agency item number: 44
Archival code: R
Retention: PS+3

Appraisal decision:
This series consists largely of background materials used in preparing informational publications about the TNRLC and the SSC. We are interested in the final publications, which can be found in the series, Speeches, or in the State Publications Depository. Dissemination of information about the SSC project was a function of the TNRLC but the coverage of that function in this series is minimal and better documented in other series, such as Speeches or Press releases and media lists. The only items of interest in this series are the printed general information book and the photographs. The general information book has been appraised to be archival, as it provides a good summary of the agency and the SSC through 1990. The photographs have also been appraisal as archival since they show state legislators and detailed shots of the site construction in late 1992, shortly before funding was removed from the project by the federal government. The drafts and notes for the publication on SSC benefits are for a publication done by the SSCL, and the proofs for the technical presentation book may be incomplete. The drafts, notes, and proofs have been appraisal to be non-archival . They have fulfilled their retention requirements.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Special projects

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
The series contains correspondence, memoranda, and other materials concerning a variety of special projects involving the Office of Public Affairs of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). While correspondence and memoranda account for the majority of records in this series, also present in these files are notes, conference and meeting agendas, clippings, press releases, questions (of the landowners) and answers (of the commission), itineraries, videos, transcripts (for the video and TV interviews), audio cassettes from the landowner meetings, and requests for proposals and responses for the national education project. Dates covered are 1988- 1993. Types of projects represented in these records include conducting question and answer sessions with landowners about the project; production and distribution of an informational video; giving television interviews; setting up exhibits; setting the itinerary (luncheons, tours, etc.,) for VIP visits; preparing briefings for the governor or others; making arrangements - acquiring hotels, meeting rooms, etc., for superconductor related symposiums, meetings, or conferences held in the area; U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) hearings on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement; and sending out requests for proposals for a national education program.

Size of the files totals 4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document a variety of activities undertaken by the Office of Public Affairs.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None known

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None known

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Special projects
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 45
Archival code: R
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
These records document a variety of activities of the Office of Public Affairs. The actions documented are adequately described in other sources, such as annual reports and in the series Commission meetings. We do not need to retain the background materials used to prepare or carry out these projects. These materials have been appraised to be non-archival. The retention period for all the materials has expired.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Public Affairs - Local information action plan

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series contains a plan developed by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) for establishing local information offices and what functions such offices would perform, a memo directing a plan to be done, copies of office leases and floor plans, employee contracts and time sheets, visitor registration sheets, and monthly recaps of activities, including number of visitors and categories of activities, such as land, environment, etc. Dates covered are 1989-1991. Most of the materials concern just the Ennis office, some materials are present for both the Waxahachie and Ennis offices.

Size of the files totals 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document efforts of the agency to establish local information offices, which were used to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None, the memo suggesting the offices be set up was written in 1989.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Local information action plan
Series item number: 1.1.024
Agency item number: 43
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+6

Appraisal decision:
This series consists of routine materials used in setting up and staffing their public information offices, and forms tabulating the number of requests they received. The information provided by these files is of a routine nature. The functions of the Office of Public Affairs are adequately documented in the annual reports and in the series Commission meetings. These materials have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: State legislation - Testimony

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains testimony and materials prepared by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) for use in appropriation hearings before the state legislature in 1991 and 1993, primarily before the Committee on Science and Technology (72nd Legislature) and the Senate Finance Committee (73rd Legislature). Types of materials present include correspondence between the agency and legislative committee members, memos, presentations done for the committee members, briefing points, expenditure details of the agency, proposed appropriations, draft of rider the agency prepared, notes, reference materials, audio tapes and transcripts of testimony and remarks by the agency, and recommendations of the Committee on Science and Technology for the TNRLC. Dates covered are 1989-1993, bulk of the materials were prepared for the hearings in 1991, before the 72nd Legislature.

Additional budget materials can be found in the series Legislative budget requests and operating budgets.

Size of the files totals 0.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the work undertaken by the agency to request appropriations from the state legislature during the budget process.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: Documentation does not cover the budget process prior to the 72 nd legislature.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
The agency prepares biennial budget requests, which are published and two copies deposited in the State Publications Depository at the Texas State Library. Also, the Legislative Budget Board, produces Legislative Budget Estimates, which have been published since fiscal years 1954 and 1955. This publication, a compilation of data for all state agencies, summarizes the fiscal information found in agency-submitted budgets or appropriation requests, but omits most of the narrative.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: State legislation - Testimony
Series item number: 1.1.049
Agency item number: 20
Archival code: R
Retention: PS+3

Appraisal decision:
These materials comprise budget working papers, which is not an archival series on the state retention schedule. The budget process and appropriation requests are adequately documented in the published biennial budget requests and are discussed in the minutes and annual reports of the agency. This is sufficient coverage of that process. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Educational curriculum

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memos, notes, a news release, educational proposals, and a survey of characteristics of secondary schools in the vicinity of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1987-1990. Topics discussed included higher education inducements to be offered to SSC staff (such as adjunct professorships); availability of funding by the SSC or federal government for SSC related education projects; requests by universities for Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and/or SSC participation in programs they offer; the formation and goals of the National Supercollider Education Consortium, Inc. (raise funds, sponsor workshops and seminars, conduct research in schools, promote the SSC and educational events for technology transfer, etc.); and a survey of secondary schools by the SSCL to provide data on each school district and school to assist SSC staff in locating secondary schools for their children.

Offering higher education inducements to SSC staff for use in securing the SSC and encouraging top scientists to relocate to the SSC was the most heavily covered topic in these files, containing some documents from the TNRLC's Executive Committee on Inducements and the University Executive Committee. This topic is also discussed in the series Commission/committee meetings, and to a lesser extent in the series Commission meetings, where topics such as this were summarized in committee reports.

Size of the files totals 0.2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
According to the retention schedule, the series is supposed to contain the proposed curriculum plan to educate students about the SSC project. The National Supercollider Education Consortium, Inc. materials discuss the goals for that project, but do not contain a detailed curriculum plan. Also, these materials account for a very small portion of the records.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps:
An actual curriculum plan detailing educational goals is not there, just the goals for the committee concerning education. Such a plan may not have been finalized.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Educational curriculum
Series item number: 1.1.037
Agency item number: 10
Archival code: R
Retention: PS+3

Appraisal decision:
This series contains a variety of educational-related topics, but little on the topic it is supposed to document, educational curriculum. Since the SSC was never finished, it appears that many, if not most, of the educational proposals were never implemented, which may be why there is not much on this topic here. Much of the material concerns higher education inducements, which is summarized adequately in the meeting minutes of the Commission and its committees, in the series Commission meetings and Commission committee meetings. The other topics, requests of TNRLC's participation in programs, inquiries as to availability of funding, etc., are also discussed in the meeting minutes of the Commission's committees. That is sufficient coverage for these topics. These materials have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Relocation inducements

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains memos, correspondence, proposals, and financial summaries, dating 1987-1993. The topics covered focus on relocation inducements made by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) to aid with the relocation of top scientists and other key personnel to the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). Specific materials present include memorandum, correspondence between the Commission and the SSC Lab, correspondence with banks and mortgage companies, and correspondence and proposals from third party relocation services offering their services. The TNRLC provided several types of financial assistance to key SSCL personnel, including supplementing salaries, paying mortgage payments on previous residences of key personnel (including mortgage interest, hazard insurance, real estate taxes, utilities, and maintenance payments), and working with banks and loan companies to make available below market rate mortgage loans to key personnel for new residences.

This topic is also discussed in the series Commission committee meetings, primarily in the files of a standing committee, the Executive Committee on Inducements; and to a lesser extent in the series Commission meetings, where topics such as this were summarized in committee reports.

Size of the files totals 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
Documents the relocation inducements the agency made to aid with the relocation of top scientists and other key personnel to the SSC.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? None

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Relocation inducements
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 40
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+5

Appraisal decision:
This series contains administrative files that document the relocation inducements made by the TNRLC at the request of the SSC Lab to aid with the relocation of top scientists and other key personnel to the SSC. Relocation inducements are discussed and summarized adequately in the meeting minutes of the Commission and it's committees, in the series Commission meetings and Commission committee meetings. That is sufficient coverage for this topic. These materials have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Regional university consortia - grants and proposals

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of correspondence, memos, reports, grant proposals, contracts, financial reports, and meeting transcripts, dating 1989-1992. The materials concern the research and development program funded by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). The Commission dedicated $100 million to the support of Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) related research and development. A Research and Development Review panel of experts was developed which reviewed proposals and made recommendations to the Commission of projects to fund. The Commission made the final determination of which projects to fund at their meetings. Funding was granted initially for a year for those projects awarded funds. There are three basic sets of files which document this process--administrative files, proposals submitted, and project files.

The administrative files consist of correspondence and memoranda concerning the startup of the research and development program, creation of the proposal format, assignment of rights of research projects funded by the TNRLC, wording of grant agreements, requests for information about the program or about Commission funding in general, lists of proposed projects, lists of accepted proposals for funding, requests for continued funding for projects for additional years, letters of appreciation to the Research and Development review panel members, letters to commissioners about upcoming agenda items re: the R&D grant program, and transcripts of some of the Commission's Research and Education Committee meetings.

The proposals consist of the proposals submitted requesting funding. These were sometimes accompanied by letters of support, such as from university presidents or congressmen. The cover sheet contains an area indicating approval by the Commission. There is a set of these files with nothing written in the approval section.

The project files consist of the proposal, the research agreements, any subcontracts decided upon for the project, quarterly progress reports, final financial reports (detailing the computation of the amount requested and the status of the funds used), and the final narrative performance report. This report described the work accomplished, number of graduate students or other students involved, any publications done, lectures given, any theses or dissertations produced, and any patents filed. Also present is correspondence with the universities or researchers about the project, mostly concerning reports due, requests for no-costs extensions to finish up the work, requests of sub-contract work, and budget discrepancies.

The research and development proposals and funded projects are discussed in the series Commission meetings and Commission committee meetings. In the latter series they are primarily covered in the files of a standing committee, the Research and Education Committee.

Size of the files totals about 20 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These materials document the research and development program funded by the TNRLC.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The Commission dedicated $100 million over a 10 year period to the support of SSC-related research and development. The program was administered by the Commission. A Research and Development Review panel of physicists of international stature, along with representatives from the SSCL, the DOE, and the TNRLC was established, which reviewed proposals and made recommendations to the Commission of projects to fund. The Commission made the final determination of which projects received funding.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical; project files by university

Access constraints:
The grant agreements contain an identifying number on the cover, often a social security number.

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Many of the projects funded produced publications, which are listed in the final performance report done for each project.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Regional university consortia - grants and proposals
Series item number: 1.1
Agency item number: 50
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+3

Appraisal decision:
This series contains records from the Research and Development program of the TNRLC, covering the establishment of the program and discussing proposals received and grants awarded. While this was an important function of the agency, it does not require detailed coverage of which proposals were received and what grants were awarded. Summary documentation of the program is covered adequately in the series Commission meetings and Commission committee meetings, and in the annual reports of the Commission. We have appraised as archival the final narrative reports produced by the grant recipients because they describe the work undertaken for their projects. The remainder of the materials have been determined to be non-archival. The retention period for these records has been fulfilled.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Superconducting Super Collider Fellowships- administration of program

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of correspondence, financial records, reports, proposals, agreements, and other materials documenting the administration of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Fellowship program. Dates covered are 1979-1994 (bulk 1989-1993). The Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) and Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) created a fellowship program for young scientists to prepare an imaginative program of research for the SSC. The SSCL selected the fellows and the TNRLC provided the funding. Specific types of records present include internal memoranda and correspondence between the TNRLC and the SSCL over administration of the program, letters notifying the nominees of their acceptance or rejection as fellows, lists of fellows, internal tracking sheets, and files on each of the fellows. These latter files contain the fellow's research proposal, letters of nomination, correspondence with fellows re: finances, signed award agreements, budget summaries, purchase vouchers, financial reports (giving computation of amount of remittance and budget summaries), and final progress reports. The progress reports provide a summary of research activities, list their most tangible accomplishments during the year, list papers and reports produced, and provide copies of some of the papers and reports.

Also present are a few materials from other grant programs, likely used as references for establishing this program, dating 1979-1989.

Summary discussion of this program can be found in the Commission meetings series, and in the Commission committee meetings series, primarily in the minutes of the Research and Education standing committee.

Size of the files totals 5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These materials document the funding of the SSC Fellowship program by the TNRLC.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The TNRLC and the SSCL established a national SSC Fellowship program in 1989 and began awarding fellowships in 1990. It was created to encourage young scientists in the United States to prepare an imaginative program of research for the SSC. Twelve postdoctoral Research Association and twelve junior faculty members at United States universities and national labs were selected annually for a year-long, non-renewable fellowship. Applicants were nominated by senior members of their departments or research groups. The SSCL selected a panel of scientists to review the nominations and make recommendations. The fellows were then selected by the SSCL. The TNRLC provided the funding for the program, which would cover things such as salaries, fringe benefits, and travel expenses to attend workshops, seminars, etc. Funding for the project was terminated in 1994.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Mostly by fiscal year, then by fellow.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
More detailed information about the selection of fellows and administration of the program can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Several publications resulted from fellows' work. A list is available in each fellow's file.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: SSC Fellowships - administration of program
Series item number: 4.7
Agency item number: 51
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+3

Appraisal decision:
These records document the funding of the SSC fellowship program. The TNRLC's involvement in this program was to provide funding for the fellows to conduct research. This is a fairly routine financial activity and does not require further documentation. Summary documentation of the program can be found in the series Commission meetings, Commission committee meetings, and annual reports. This is sufficient documentation of this activity. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2002.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Legal opinions

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains legal opinions, correspondence, memos, proposals, contracts, billing statements, and other materials, dating 1990, 1993-1996. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) employed outside legal counsel for much of their legal advice, with the approval of the Texas Attorney General's Office. Specific materials present include internal memoranda; correspondence with the attorney general's office concerning employing outside counsel and contracts; correspondence with outside counsel re: contracts, issues the attorneys were advising on, and billing and other administrative details; billing statements; contracts; and a proposal to hire outside counsel. The outside counsel provided consultation on a number of issues, including obtaining access to survey properties of owners, Texas sublease agreement with the DOE, redemption provisions of 1991 revenue bonds and other bond concerns, federal tax considerations, TNRLC's options with the loss of federal funding for the super collider, and the settlement process with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The opinions are marked confidential, attorney-client privilege. However, the agency is defunct, the need for confidentiality is past, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission now owns the records. The Commission waives the attorney-client privilege exception to the Public Information Act.

Some of these issues are also covered in the series, Commission meetings .

The Texas attorney general's office may have copies of some of these materials in their files for this agency, but since most of the legal work needed by the TNRLC was provided by outside legal counsel, they may not have retained such materials.

Size of the files totals 0.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
The series documents legal advice from outside legal counsel.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: By name of counsel

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None known

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
These materials document legal issues on which the agency felt it needed outside advice to handle correctly. There are several important issues discussed, especially concerning the ending of the project and the settlement process, which were significant subjects dealt with by the TNRLC. While these issues are discussed to some degree in the minutes, the full opinions and range of advice offered by the outside counsel need to be retained. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Reports and studies on possible uses for Superconducting Super Collider assets

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of reports, studies, correspondence, memoranda, committee meeting files and minutes, administrative files, and other materials resulting from the efforts of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) to explore possible uses for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) assets and facilities following the loss of federal funding in 1993. Dates covered in this series are c. 1990-1995 (bulk 1993-1995).

In late 1993 the TNRLC and the DOE put out a call for proposals, known as Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for uses of the major systems and facilities developed for the SSC so as to maximize the value of the investment made in the SSC. Thirty-four submissions were received, twenty-five suggesting on-site use of the facilities and assets. These twenty-five submissions were then reviewed by an expert panel established by the DOE in cooperation with the TNRLC, which provided assessments of the submissions. The DOE prepared a report that recommended several specific fields of use as candidate topics for DOE grant applications for project definition studies. Grants were awarded in July 1994 with reports due by the end of October 1994. The fields of use receiving grant money to conduct project definition studies were a) velocity of light in a magnetic field, b) cryogenic helium gas convection research, c) a geotechnical research facility at the SSC site in Texas, d) research and science education center, e) minority institution network access to the SSC Facility, and f) regional industrial technology center.

While the EOI process was going on, the state of Texas was conducting its own studies for future uses of the SSC. In December of 1993 Governor Ann Richards established the Governor's Advisory Committee on the Superconducting Super Collider. The Committee produced a report in February 1994 recommending studies in four areas of potential uses of SSC assets. The DOE awarded the TNRLC a grant of up to $6 million to prepare project definition studies in the four areas. These areas were a) research and development in superconductivity and cryogenics, b) high-performance computing, c) medical technology based on use of the SSC linear accelerator (LINAC), d) restoration of Blackland Prairie at the SSC site. An advisory panel of experts was established for each category to assist the TNRLC with the study. Management and technical support was supplied by the Universities Research Association and the Lockheed Science and Engineering Company. The studies were completed in 1994-1995.

These records document both of these processes. Correspondence, memos, EOI submissions (proposals), and final reports of the project definition studies are present. The parallel process undertaken by the Governor's Advisory Committee to the SSC is very well documented, more so than the EOI process. Types of records present concerning that process include agenda, minutes, correspondence and memoranda, membership rosters, proposals presented to the committee for consideration, reports presented to Governor Richards, presentation materials prepared by the TNRLC for the DOE on accomplishments and progress of the studies, budget status, recommendations of advisory panel members, the final reports, notes, and reference materials.

Some discussion of this process is available in the series Commission meetings.

The boxes are marked confidential, but no reasons are given. It may be because this was a work in progress and the agency did not want the reports being available until firm decisions were made concerning the uses of the site. The retention schedule for the series states the reports become an open record at the completion of the project. No restrictions are imposed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Size of the files totals 26 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the efforts of the agency, along with the Department of Energy, to explore possible uses for the SSC assets and facilities following the loss of federal funding in 1993.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: Unknown

Suggested series from agency schedule:
Title: Confidential administrative reports
Series item number: 1.1.031
Agency item number: 49
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+3

Appraisal decision:
This series documents the efforts of the agency and the DOE to find other uses for the SSC and its assets. A lot of time and effort was put into this process and these records provide good documentation of the process. Because the SSC was such a unique project to the state and because we do not know what future uses may still be possible from the work that was accomplished, this series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Reports

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of reports likely maintained in the library at the offices of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Dates covered are 1984-1993. The most voluminous set are a group of reports by Perryman Consultants, dating c. 1990. Series title is Comprehensive Demographic and Economic Profile of Ellis County and an Economic Development Plan to be Implemented as a Component of the Land Use and Infrastructure Plan in Association with the Superconducting Super Collider in Ellis County, Texas. This report includes an economic overview and projections, quality of life profile, and target industry analysis and profiles. Data is presented for Ellis, Dallas, and Tarrant counties, for the primary impact area, and for the region of influence. Information gathered for each of these areas includes economic data (salaries, labor productivity, gross product, retail sales, etc.), and occupation profiles (total occupations, mining, construction, trade, finance, insurance, real estate, manufacturing, government, transportation, agriculture, etc.). Following each of these categories is comprehensive planning data. There were 19 volumes produced in this report, only volumes 1-16 are present in this series. A related set of reports re: the economic impact of the SSC in the United States and in some individual states was done in 1993 by Ray Perryman, consisting largely of bound news releases by Perryman Consultants. These can be found in the series Public Affairs - Press Releases and media lists. Further economic studies can be found in the series Site development - Special projects project files, and the series Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring files.

Also present is another multi-volume report, the Land Use and Infrastructure Plan, prepared by Johnson, Johnson and Roy/Inc. in 1991 for the TNRLC. The 71 st Legislature (Senate Bill 852) granted Ellis County the first county wide planning and zoning powers in the state in order to insure compatibility with the SSC. The land use and infrastructure plan covered

  • infrastructure planning and other civil engineering concerns
  • planning for the development of public community facilities
  • development of a county-wide thoroughfare plan
  • economic feasibility of the plan
  • development of needed ordinances for plan implementation (zoning, subdivision regulations, etc.)
  • coordination of citizen involvement and interaction with local elected officials.

The overall project focused on unincorporated areas of the county and was designed in four phases:

  1. the discovery phase - what is Ellis County
  2. what can Ellis County become
  3. the comprehensive plan - what Ellis County ought to become
  4. the implementation phase - what does Ellis County need to do.

We hold the reports for phase 1 (3 volumes) and phase 3 (only volume 2). Additional planning materials (primarily correspondence and working papers) can be found in the series Site development - Planning and zoning information.

The third multi-volume report present is the SSC Conceptual Design Report and the attachments, dating March 1996. This was prepared by the SSC Central Design Group, which was operated by the Universities Research Association. In July 1983 the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel of the DOE recommended the immediate development of a super collider. Subsequent to this, the DOE launched a research and development program aimed at establishing a sound technical base for the design of the SSC. The conceptual design report, requested by DOE, incorporated the results of the SSC Research and Development program. It presented a discussion of scientific needs, a technically feasible design based on extensive accelerator physics studies, and a detailed cost estimate and construction schedule based on the design. A supplemental conceptual design report was done in 1989 and site specific conceptual design reports were done in 1990, but those reports are not present in this series.

Also present are some reports done for early studies to provide geological and geotechnical data about the Dallas/Fort Worth site for the Texas SSC proposal. The first report is Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation, Dallas/Fort Worth Site, Superconducting Super Collider Project, Ellis County, Texas. This was done in July 1987 by Mason Johnston and Associates, Inc., for the Dallas/Fort Worth Superconducting Super Collider Authority. Another report done for the D/FW SSC Authority in July 1987 was by Southwestern Laboratories, Geotechnical Explorations Laboratory Testing for Dallas/Fort Worth SSC Project, Ellis County, Texas. This latter report is accompanied by photographs of boring core samples and a map of the proposed SSC layout within the county.

Other reports present are:

  • report by Texas Utilities Electric Company, done in March 1988, containing information about the operations of the company requested by the TNRLC for use in their response to DOE about utility issues.
  • Report of the Ellis County Environmental Review Committee for the Superconducting Super Collider, prepared by this committee for the TNRLC and the DOE, in March 1988. We have volume one in this series. Volume two contains appendices and is not present. This report discusses concerns addressed through public meetings held by this committee to seek public input related to the potential environmental impacts of siting the SSC in Ellis County.
  • Economic Impacts of a Texas-based SSC project on other states. It was prepared by Southwest Econometrics, Inc. for the TNRLC in February 1988.
  • Preliminary Engineering Report, Ellis County Regional Water Plan, January 1993, prepared by Espey, Huston and Associates, Inc. in association with Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc.

Two briefing books are filed in this series - Office of the SSC, Briefing on project status, September 1989, prepared by the DOE; and SSC Briefing Book - FY1993 for the Federal Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill. This was prepared by the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) in 1992.

Size of the files totals 10 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series primarily contains reports prepared to assist in getting the SSC to Texas and studies done by or for the TNRLC to assist with their site development duties.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 1983, the U. S. physics community recommended the DOE give the highest priority to building a superconducting super collider. According to the SSC Conceptual Design Report, "The purpose of the SSC was to accelerate and guide oppositely directed and tightly focused streams of ultra high energy protons into collision, thereby releasing enormous energy into a volume of subnuclear size, creating conditions believed to have occurred during the first moments of our universe." A conceptual design effort began and in 1987 the President of the United States authorized the DOE to go forward with the project. States were then invited to submit proposals for siting the SSC in their state.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: Missing some volumes, as noted in Archival holdings.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related reports can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, filed in the Federal Records Center of the National Archives and Records Administration, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Some of these reports are published.

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
These reports document several SSC issues the TNRLC was involved with, including preliminary work done to assist in locating the SSC at the Dallas/Fort Worth site and site development issues, specifically economic impacts of the SSC project and development of a land use and infrastructure plan. Most of these reports discuss levels of study and planning in a comprehensive or summary stage, which is a good tool for documenting some of these issues. Some of the reports, such as the Land Use and Infrastructure Planning Report have other uses besides their SSC connection. This particular report provides a model of county planning not done for any other counties in Texas, and many of the components studied could be applicable to other growth areas in the state. The economic reports provide a good demographic and economic study of the north Texas metroplex area and could be used in researching the history of the region. And the SSC Conceptual Design Report documents the scientific needs and plans for the idea of the SSC, a good source forresearching the origins and history of the SSC. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Photographs

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of photographs and negatives of construction at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site and SSC related activities. Dates covered are c. 1990-1994. Specific photographic formats include 8 x 10" and 4 x 6" color prints, 35mm color negatives, 2 x 2" color slides, a few 8 x 10" black and white prints, and a few 4 x 5" color negatives. Views shown include primarily different stages of construction activities such as interior and exterior shots of the reconstruction of the central facility, construction of the magnet development lab, the linear accelerator, the Accelerator Systems String Test facility (ASST), the N15 site (a major service area at the site), the tunnel, and some shafts. Also shown are aerial views of the site; shots of groups; shots of educational related activities, such as the winning students in the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Science Bowl contest; and some pictures of buildings in the vicinity of the site. There are also several sets of slides from speeches and presentations prepared about various aspects of the SSC project. Many of the photographs were taken by the Photographic Services Section of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), some by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC).

Size of the files totals about 4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These photographs provide visual documentation of construction and other activities at the SSC site.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Similar visual documentation can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Some photographic documentation created by the Department of Energy, especially documenting the early history of the site and the SSCL, has been transferred to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Archives, Superconducting Super Collider records, Batavia, Illinois.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
These photographs provide visual documentation of the SSC site by portraying the various stages through which the facilities and site itself evolved. These images supplement the records in several of the site development and construction management series and are a valuable resource for researchers to use in researching the overall history of the site and/or various components within the site. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Films, videos

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission
Office of Public Affairs

Archival holdings:
This series consists of videocassettes and audiocassettes of various Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) related events. Dates covered are 1987-1994. Videos are present in both VHS and betacam formats. A variety of events and topics can be found in these videos, including videos of public meetings, primarily land acquisition meetings; overviews of the SSC project; scientific value of SSC research and activities; news releases, such as SSC tunnel boring; details of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) and other facilities; site tours given for dignitaries, such as for Governor Ann Richards; interviews with SSC scientists or staff; debates on the SSC in the U. S. House of Representatives; promotional videos about the SSC project; and videotapes of SSC conferences. The audiocassettes consist of hearing masters from 1988 Texas SSC authority meetings, tapes from meetings about the socioeconomic monitoring and mitigation plan (SMMP), and tapes of radio broadcasts from interviews with SSC staff or scientists and from radio call-in shows.

Size of the files totals about 7 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents some of the efforts of the Public Affairs Office to disseminate information about the SSC project to the public and also documents some TNRLC activities, such as conducting public meetings.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Part of the TNRLC's responsibilities was to disseminate information about the SSC project and the agency to the public and others. This was carried out through the agency's Office of Public Affairs. This office disseminated information about the SSC, the agency, the site, and related subjects to Commission members, staff, contractors, media, other government agencies, and the general public. They operated several informational offices, manned a toll-free hot line, issued a regular newsletter and press releases, coordinated site tours, provided speakers to groups, assisted with speech preparation, prepared informational packets and papers, and monitored media coverage.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: No in-house use of beta format videos is currently available. Arrangements can be made at the patrons expense to make copies of these particular videos for viewing offsite.

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
The films, videos, and photographs documenting the history of the site or operations of the SSCL created by the Department of Energy has been transferred to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Archives, Superconducting Super Collider records, Batavia, Illinois.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
These videos provide visual documentation of the SSC project, illustrating scientific value of the project and documenting one of the activities of the TNRLC, which was to disseminate information about the project to the public. The videos cover a number of different activities and are a good visual source on the SSC project. The audiocassettes cover meetings that were important in getting the Dallas/Fort Worth site selected and meetings concerning the socioeconomic and mitigation concerns for the site and surrounding region. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Correspondence

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains administrative correspondence concerning site development for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Types of materials present include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, summaries of telephone conversations, meeting notices, summaries of meetings with local officials and communities, contracts and agreements, site observations, progress and summary reports of work done at the site, maps, and form letters sent to land owners, businesses, etc. informing them of upcoming surveys and other work to be done in their area. Dates covered are 1989-1994.

The site development process involved a variety of issues, which are covered in this series, including meetings with local governments and communities; land acquisition; surface and subsurface access at the SSC site; noise studies and surveys; drilling on the SSC property; utility work, road improvement, and other infrastructure changes; ecological, environmental, historical, archaeological, geological, geotechnical, hydrological and other scientific studies; and site development work on specific projects, such as the prototype installation facility. Correspondents include various Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) staff (director of site development, facilities manager, land acquisition manager and others), other state agencies and officials, U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) contractors, businesses, land owners, law firms, congressmen, and others.

These files document the everyday activities--the planning, studies, local contacts, progress reports, etc. which were part of the site development process. For more in depth details about the topical studies see the various topical series of site development records, e.g., Site development - Environmental. For more details about site development activities for specific projects, such as the prototype installation, see the topical site development series, e.g., Site development - Prototype installation facility project files. Overall management of the process is discussed in the series Site development - Administration. Additional documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee.

Size of the files totals about 6.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
The files document the activities involved in site development and the role of the TNRLC in that process.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Fort Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC.

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission is working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement:
Chronological, then by type of correspondence (incoming/outgoing or memoranda) or by staff member.

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development -- Correspondence
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 118
Archival code: A
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
This correspondence documents the site development process. A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development. The agency was to coordinate planning and review during construction, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the project, and develop measures to mitigate the impacts on the site region. These topics are covered in this correspondence series. Further detailed materials about specific components of this process can be found in topical site development series, such as Site development - Environmental or Site development - Prototype installation. Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee.

The correspondence in this series provides a good source for overall coverage of the site development process, supplementing the more summary materials in the aforementioned meeting series. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Administration

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of administrative files concerning site development for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Records present include correspondence and memoranda; staff reports; status and progress reports; audit and financial reports; monthly subcontractor reports; a joint agency project management plan; distribution lists; local and state legislation; interlocal agreements re: planning and zoning; notes; and agenda for interagency meetings. Dates covered are 1986-1995 (bulk 1989-1995). Topics discussed include the role of the TNRLC in the site development process; progress of site development projects, especially concerning land acquisition and infrastructure changes; cost tracking; and overall management of the process. Correspondents were usually staff of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL).

Also present are minutes, memos, reports, change requests, etc. of the Configuration Control Board, run through the SSCL with a TNRLC staff member as a representative; and the Conventional Construction Division of the SSCL. These files primarily concern the operations of this Division of the SSCL, discussing items such as engineering change requests, change cost scheduling requests, and similar engineering concerns.

For more in depth files about the topical studies see the various topical series of site development records, e.g. Site development - Environmental. For more details about site development activities for specific projects, such as the prototype installation, see the topical site development series, e.g. Site development - Prototype installation facility project files. Most of the correspondence concerning the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Correspondence. Additional documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee.

Size of the files totals about 3 cubic ft.

Purpose:
The files provide administrative documentation of the role of the TNRLC in the site development process.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? None

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Administration
Series item number: 5.1
Agency item number: 140
Archival code: R
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development. The agency was to coordinate planning and review during construction, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the project, and develop measures to mitigate the impacts on the site region. These files provide some documentation of the management of the site development process. Further detailed materials about specific components of this process can be found in topical site development series, such as Site development - Environmental or Site development - Prototype installation. Most of the correspondence concerning the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Correspondence . Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee.

Although some of the materials have marginal value, many of the administrative files in this series provide a good source for overall management of the process, supplementing the more summary materials in the aforementioned meeting series and complementing the correspondence in the correspondence series. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Site historical information

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains the original proposals submitted to the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) from regional groups representing various sites in Texas wishing to locate the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in their areas, and the two proposals for Texas sites sent in by the TNRLC to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Records accompanying these proposals include correspondence, memoranda, phone conversation summaries, minutes, proposal reviews, reports, environmental impact statements, notes, maps, research files, publication files, drafts, charts, tables, photographs, magnetic computer tapes, and site proposals submitted by other states. Dates covered are 1980-1990 (bulk dating 1987).

The type of information present in the regional proposals includes land availability for the site, inducements, regional considerations and resources (housing, industry and businesses, water resources, wildlife, parks and recreation sources, etc.), data on the economy and environment, utility and other infrastructure services available, transportation, and geological and geotechnical studies on the suitability of the site for the SSC, etc. Other materials concerning the regional proposals are files from the regional reviews by the TNRLC of these proposals. Materials found here include correspondence, memoranda, notes, lists and discussions of criteria to review, lists of review team members, reconsideration requests by a few sites, and the final selection of Texas sites chosen by the TNRLC.

The majority of the materials present concern the proposals TNRLC prepared for the Amarillo and Dallas/Fort Worth sites. These proposals include the same type of information as the regional proposals, though in more detail. Other materials accompanying the proposals are their publication files, containing the original page layouts, original maps and drawings, photographs, negatives, charts, tables, etc.; drafts; review comments; and reference materials used in gathering additional data about the Amarillo and the Dallas/Fort Worth sites, including reports, articles, clippings, city financial reports, statistics, regional planning documents, etc. Some of the reference materials gathered date back to 1980, most are from the mid 1980s. Further materials from the D/FW site selected as a finalist by the DOE (actually located in Ellis County) include files re: DOE visits to the site, and detailed responses of the TNRLC to the DOE's inquiries about the site, generally resulting from questions arising from the site visits. Also present are the environmental impact statements prepared by the TNRLC and DOE for the final seven sites in 1988, the supplemental environmental impact statement prepared in 1989, and the final supplemental environmental impact statement done in 1990.

The TNRLC reviewed proposals from fourteen areas in Texas. Through their site selection review process, they selected two sites from those to present to the DOE for siting the SSC in Texas. These sites were a site near Amarillo and one near Dallas/Fort Worth (Ellis County). These records document the work done by regional SSC groups hoping to attract the SSC to their communities, and the work done by the TNRLC in conjunction with the SSC groups in Amarillo and the Dallas/Fort Worth area to convince the DOE to select a Texas site. Once the Ellis County site was selected as one of the seven finalists by the DOE, the TNRLC went through a process to gather additional information, much of it in response to DOE inquiries. Additionally, the seven finalists were required to submit environmental impact statements (EIS). The TNRLC prepared one in 1988, using several review committees or groups to assist in providing input. The EIS was evaluated by the DOE in consideration for choosing the final site. The DOE prepared an EIS in August 1988 for all seven final sites, and published a final environmental impact statement covering all the sites in December 1988, but focusing on Texas as the preferred site. After Texas was confirmed as the site, the DOE selected Argonne National Laboratory to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS), which was done in 1989 and subsequently approved by the DOE. In December 1990 the DOE published the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Further documentation of the environmental impact statements can be found in the series Site development - Environmental.

Correspondents in these records include staff of the TNRLC, the DOE, regional committee/groups submitting the proposals, consultants, and contractors.

Discussion of the site selection process is also documented in the series, Texas National Research Laboratory Commission - Organizational information and the series Commission meetings. Further information about the regional group presenting and later assisting the TNRLC with the proposal for Dallas/Fort Worth area (Ellis County) site can be found in the series, Superconducting Super Collider Development Authority of Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties.

Size of the files totals about 55 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the work done by the TNRLC to get the SSC site to Texas, through their review of the regional Texas proposals and their subsequent work on the Texas proposals they presented to the DOE.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). According to the SSC Conceptual Design Report, "The purpose of the SSC was to accelerate and guide oppositely directed and tightly focused streams of ultra high energy protons into collision, thereby releasing enormous energy into a volume of subnuclear size, creating conditions believed to have occurred during the first moments of our universe." A conceptual design effort began and in 1987 the President of the United States authorized the DOE to go forward with the project. States were then invited to submit proposals for siting the SSC in their state.

The TNRLC reviewed 14 proposals from around the state, eventually selecting two sites--one near Dallas/Worth Worth, the other near Amarillo, to be proposed to the DOE for the location of the SSC. The Dallas/Fort Worth area site, located actually in Ellis County, made the list of seven final sites in the United States. In January 1989 the DOE selected the Ellis County for the location of the SSC. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
The site historical information created by the Department of Energy has been transferred to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Archives, Superconducting Super Collider records, Batavia, Illinois.

Superconducting Super Collider Records, 1983-1992, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. These materials contain additional boxes of information in the Site development - Site historical information series.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
The environmental impact statements were published by the Department of Energy.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Site historical information
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 132
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
This series documents the work done by the TNRLC to get the SSC site to Texas, through their review of the regional Texas proposals and their subsequent work on the Texas proposals they presented to the DOE. The TNRLC was initially created for the purpose of enticing the DOE to bring the SSC to Texas. This series contains all the proposals the agency reviewed from Texas sites, documents their review process, contains all the administrative files and background data gathered for the Amarillo and Dallas/Fort Worth sites, and additional data gathered for the Dallas/Fort Worth site. This series documents the beginning work of the TNRLC. The information present here could have other uses: a lot of demographic, economic, and geologic data was gathered for various regions in Texas which could perhaps be used for other projects, or the processes involved in the site selection could well be used for a similar project. The materials we are not keeping in this series are the magnetic computer tapes used by the agency in creating the Amarillo and Dallas/Fort Worth (Ellis County) proposals. We have all the printed data and the background materials gathered for the proposals, and that is sufficient documentation. This series has historical value, for the history of the TNRLC and the history of the data gathering and site selection process undergone to locate a suitable site for the Superconducting Super Collider.

This series has been appraised to be archival. The retention period for the computer tapes has been fulfilled.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Historical resources

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of files covering the historical resources work done by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) as part of their site development duties for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, phone conversation summaries, contracts, proposals for historic resources services, reports, management plans, descriptions of historic properties, eligibility determination sheets for structures to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), notes, maps, and photographs and negatives of structures. Dates covered are 1987-1995.

These files concern the survey, documentation, and mitigation of historical resources in the SSC footprint. These activities undertaken are discussed in several reports and management plans present, including the report on the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) conducted and the Historic Structures Management Plan (HSMP). The HSMP and the HABS were undertaken by the TNRLC in accordance with the Programmatic Agreement (PA). The PA is a special type of legal memorandum between parties that establishes conditions, duties, and responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for a large or complex engineering and construction project. A programmatic agreement was signed between the DOE, TNRLC, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Texas State Historic Preservation Office. It called for inventorying, evaluating, and treatment of historic resources that are usually at least 50 years old, may be important to local or regional history or prehistory, or that are potentially eligible for nomination to the NRHP. The PA stipulated that a record be made of buildings and other improvements which would be moved from the SSC project area. The DOE monitored compliance with the agreement and remained responsible for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The TNRLC was responsible for archaeological and historical resources work done within the SSC footprint, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) was responsible for conducting the surveys, studies, etc. of sites outside the SSC footprint. This series contains materials documenting the work done by the TNRLC.

A survey of historic resources was undertaken in 1989-1990 by the DOE, resulting in 3,714 unrecorded historical resources being identified and documented in Ellis County. Of these, 465 appeared to be eligible for listing in the NRHP. There were 41 sites located within the SSC footprint, 51 outside the footprint. A Historic Structures Management Plan (HSMP) was developed in by the TNRLC in 1991. The plan focused on historic structures and standing buildings within the SSC footprint which were considered eligible for nomination in the NRHP or were currently listed there. The work done through the plan resulted in 12 sites being determined as eligible for the NRHP by the Texas Historical Commission. The HABS survey was done in 1992. Architectural and historical data was recovered for buildings dating between c. 1856- c. 1940 and consisted of field measurements, photography, historic and architectural research and analysis, and a final report on mitigation recommendations. The report contained a history and analysis of the sites and historic structures, a photograph, map of the area pinpointing the site or structures within the site, an evaluation as to whether it would qualify for the NRHP, and what further documentation would be needed, if any.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the Texas Historical Commission, and contractors.

Plans of the sites and historic structures surveyed through the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and other related materials can be found in the series, Site development - Environmental. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings; the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 8 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the work done by the TNRLC in locating, documenting, and mitigating historical resources in the SSC footprint as part of their site development duties for the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None known

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Historical resources
Series item number: 5.1
Agency item number: 142
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, which included developing and implementing a program to remove improvements and all structures from land to be purchased for the super collider. Before structures could be removed, they had to be thoroughly documented to determine if they had any historical status, especially their eligibility for inclusion into the National Register for Historic Places. This series documents the work done by the TNRLC in this regard as well as providing historical documentation on rural historic architecture in Ellis County. The series contains the management plans, reports, correspondence, notes, etc. that well illustrate how this program was conducted. This is a unique site for Texas and it requires thorough documentation on how the process worked to establish the site and how historical resources were documented and mitigated. These files supplement materials in the series, Site development - Environmental, as well as the summary materials found in the Commission meetings; in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Special projects project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of records concerning the economic impact of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), including correspondence, memoranda, reports, research materials, invoices, contracts, maps, and meeting files. Dates covered are 1987-1992.

The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) commissioned economic impact studies to be done in conjunction with their proposal to the U. S. Department of Energy to bring the SSC to Texas. These were done by Southwest Econometrics and include a report on the economic impacts of the SSC in other states and one on the impacts in the local region. These studies are dated 1987-1988. Also present are several economic impact studies done after Texas was awarded the SSC, done by the North Texas Commission. They prepared several reports for the TNRLC on the economic impacts of the SSC, primarily impacts on the Dallas-Fort Worth region, dating from 1990- 1992. A few other items present include minutes and meeting materials from the Environmental Concerns Task Force, dating January 1991 concerning the final environmental impact statement. And, some memos, invoices and a contract for consulting civil engineering services are present concerning some infrastructure concerns of the TNRLC, dating 1991.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, contractors, and the North Texas Commission.

Other series providing additional data on economic impact on the region are the series, Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring files and the series Reports. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 0.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series consists of records concerning economic impact studies done for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, both before and after Texas was awarded the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Special projects project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 128
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to study and develop measures to mitigate the economic impacts on the site region. This series documents the economic impact studies done as part of the site development program. This is a unique site for Texas and it requires perhaps more thorough documentation on how the process worked to establish the site and how economic impact concerns were studied. These files complement other series containing data on economic impacts of the SSC, the series, Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring files, and the series Reports. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Environmental

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of files covering the environmental aspects of the site development program undertaken by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Types of records present include correspondence and memoranda; summaries of telephone conversations; scientific reports and studies; plans of historic sites and structures; meeting minutes, notes and summaries; environmental impact statements; monitoring plans and reports; proposals for work to be undertaken; status reports of work in progress; interagency contracts; notes; and reference materials. Dates covered are 1983-1995 (bulk 1988-1995).

The majority of these files concern the environmental impact of the SSC project and monitoring and compliance measures undertaken to mitigate any effects. These topics are discussed in several reports, including the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the Mitigation Action Plan (map), the Programmatic Agreement (PA), various Environmental Compliance Plans (ECPs), and several specific management plans. Specific environmental concerns addressed include radiological, ecological, and groundwater impacts on the region. Other aspects of the site development process covered in this series include historical structures and archaeological sites affected, land resource development, regulatory compliance (applications and permits needed, etc.), solid and hazardous waste management, and monitoring and mitigating socioeconomic changes, such as significant loss of property taxes due to loss of taxable land to the site, resulting in losses of revenue to certain school districts.

The environmental impact statements developed in stages. An initial environmental impact statement was required to be completed by the seven state finalists for the SSC site. The TNRLC prepared one in 1988, using several review committees or groups to assist in providing input. The EIS was evaluated by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) for consideration in choosing the final site for the SSC. In August 1988 the DOE prepared a draft EIS on the final seven sites, and a final EIS in December 1988, covering all seven sites but focusing on Texas as the preferred site. In January 1989, a Record of Decision (ROD) was signed documenting the decision to proceed with the Ellis County site. In February 1989 the DOE selected Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The purpose of the SEIS was to analyze in a more thorough manner the environmental impact of a site-specific design to explore ways to mitigate any adverse impacts. The SEIS was approved by the DOE and a final SEIS was published in December of 1990. A Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in January 1991.

Resulting from the SEIS was the Mitigation Action Plan (map), which was an internal DOE management document. According to the map, it had three main purposes:

  • To catalog environmental impacts requiring mitigation indicated in the FEIS, SEIS and their RODs
  • To specify responsibility for the actions that will be taken to mitigate the impacts catalogued
  • To ensure implementation of the required action by the appropriate parties.

DOE maintained overall responsibility to ensure impacts assessed were mitigated as specified.

Several other monitoring reports resulting from and/or related to the SEIS and map reports are also documented in this series. The contractor for the design and construction of the conventional facilities, PB/MK Team (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen), was required to prepare Environmental Compliance Plans (ECPs), with each plan addressing site specific application of mitigation measures in the map. The ECPs also anticipated permit requirements and described the environmental monitoring to be incorporated into the design and construction of each site and/or facility component. The DOE prepared the Soil and Water Resource Protection Plan to establish fundamental principles to be incorporated into the ECPs and to assist the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) in developing sound property management guidelines. The DOE also prepared the Habitat Management Plan which formed a basis for the ECPs and enhanced, where practical, existing habitats of value to wildlife and promoted restoration of former croplands. The DOE and the TNRLC prepared the Socioeconomic Monitoring and Mitigation Action Plan (SMMP) which tracked key indicators, described procedures for monitoring SSC related impacts, gave thresholds for determining when adverse impacts occurred, detailed the types of mitigation and assistance that would be available, and described the appropriate levels of assistance for parties affected.

Another document discussed in this series concerned impacts to cultural resources, known as the Programmatic Agreement (PA). The PA is a special type of legal memorandum between parties that establishes conditions, duties, and responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for a large or complex engineering and construction project. A programmatic agreement was signed between the DOE, TNRLC, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Texas State Historic Preservation Office. It called for inventorying, evaluating, and treatment of historic resources that are usually at least 50 years old, may be important to local or regional history or prehistory, or that are potentially eligible for nomination to the NRHP. The DOE monitored compliance with the agreement and remained responsible for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The PA provided requirements for several specific management plans. The Archaeological Resources Preservation Plan (ARPP) and the Archaeological Data Recovery Plan (ADRP) specified how known and discovered archaeological resources would be protected and properly documented. The Historic Structures Management Plan (HSMP) and the Area of Potential Effect Management Plan specified how historic properties on the SSC footprint and area of potential effect (Ellis County) would be monitored and how mitigation of any adverse impacts would be provided. The TNRLC was responsible for archaeological and historical resources work done within the SSC footprint, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) was responsible for conducting the surveys, studies, etc. of sites outside the SSC footprint. This series contains materials documenting the work done by the TNRLC and some by the DOE.

Some of the later files reflect environmental concerns with the proposed uses of the SSC site following the loss of federal funding, such as the environmental impact of a proposed regional medical technology center or the use of the completed portion of the SSC tunnel as a water resource.

Correspondents include the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), TNRLC staff, other state and federal agencies, research scientists, contractors, local officials, and members of review committees.

For more detailed records on the work done concerning historic structures and resources, see the series Site development - Historical resources. For additional records about socioeconomic monitoring activities, see the series Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring files. Copies of all the environmental impact statements done can be found in the series Site development - Site historical information. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 19 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document all environmental facets of the site development program.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Environmental records produced by the federal government can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
The environmental impact statements were published by the Department of Energy, some other reports may have been published as well.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Environmental
Series item number: 5.1
Agency item number: 141
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development. The agency was to coordinate planning and review during construction, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the project, and develop measures to mitigate the impacts on the site region. This series documents the environmental facets of the site development program. The various environmental impact statements and monitoring reports are present as well as correspondence and some materials used in their preparation. Materials are also present which illustrate how these programs were conducted. This is a unique site for Texas and it requires thorough documentation on how the process worked to establish the site and how environmental concerns were handled. These files supplement materials in the series, Site development - Historical resources and in the series Socioeconomic monitoring files; as well as the summary materials found in the Commission meetings; in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring services project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These files concern the monitoring activities undertaken for the Socioeconomic Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (SMMP) prepared for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Types of records present include drafts and final copies of the SMMP; proposals by firms seeking the contract to conduct the monitoring studies; reports by the contractor on activities completed; monthly socioeconomic monitoring reports by the TNRLC, the DOE, and the Superconducting Super Collider Lab (SSCL); status reports; meeting materials (notes, summaries, agenda, etc.) of the SSMP monitoring group (composed primarily of TNRLC, SSCL, DOE staff and local officials); memoranda and a little correspondence (with TNRLC, DOE, SSCL, local officials, and contractors); materials concerning mitigation claims; and data gathered for the monitoring project, including county and city financial statements and budgets, and financial reports and other materials from school districts. Dates covered are 1991-1992.

The overall goal of the SMMP was to monitor the impacts of the SSC project in order to boost positive impacts and mitigate negative ones. The plan tracked key indicators, described monitoring procedures, gave thresholds for determining when adverse impacts occurred, detailed the types of mitigation and assistance that would be available, and described the appropriate levels of assistance for parties affected. Such a plan was required for this project for several reasons. The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to conduct project development activities in ways that minimize significant environmental impacts. Also, population in-migration and settlement patterns are unknown in advance for a project such as this so a process to develop mitigation needs for socioeconomic impacts needs to be in place. And, the Secretary of Energy's Notice of February 5, 1990 (SEN-15-90) states DOE must prepare an "Action Plan" for any environmental impact statement (EIS) that makes commitments to mitigation in the EIS/Record of Decision (ROD).

The series Site development - Environmental, contains additional materials about this monitoring program and related environmental concerns. Additional documentation of economic impact studies done by the TNRLC can be found in the series Site development - Special projects. Reports which discuss the economic impact of the SSC project on the region can be found in the series, Reports. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 1.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the socioeconomic monitoring component of the site development process for the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None present prior to 1991.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records produced by the federal government can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None known

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Socioeconomic monitoring services project files
Series item number: 5.2
Agency item number: 145
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to develop measures to mitigate the socioeconomic impacts on the site region. This series documents the socioeconomic monitoring process of the site development program. This series contains monitoring reports, the proposals by contractors, and data gathered for project, which discuss socioeconomic impacts on the region--schools, businesses, etc. The Socioeconomic Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (SMMP) and summary reports represent an important component in the mitigation process. Some of the background materials are not needed to document this process, but the other materials are worth retaining. Also, they supplement materials found in the series Site development - Environmental. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Geotechnical project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These records concern the geotechnical testing and analysis that was done for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Types of records present include correspondence and memoranda; summaries of telephone conversations; scientific reports and studies; monitoring reports; status reports; geophysical logs; core hole analysis reports; drilling schedules; notes; maps; and agendas, reports, notes, and meeting summaries from the Underground Technology Advisory Panel. Dates covered are 1988-1994.

Texas was awarded the site for the SSC in January 1989. Geologic and hydrologic studies had been done of the site prior to that point for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) to use in preparing the final site proposal of the site's viability for the SSC project to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Some geotechnical testing had been done for that proposal, however, most of the geotechnical testing and analysis was done after Texas was awarded the SSC site, through the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). Contractors conducting the studies were primarily the Earth Technology Corporation; RTK, A Joint Venture; and the Bureau of Economic Geology , University of Texas at Austin. These records primarily cover work done after Texas was awarded the SSC project.

One of the first things needing to be accomplished was to determine the exact footprint of the SSC project so land acquisition, construction design and planning could be started. The goals for geotechnical characterization were primarily to confirm the site's suitability for the SSC and optimize the position of the SSC footprint--the ring, halls, etc.; to determine the right construction techniques to use; and to support structural design work. These studies also were used to identify the floodplains that encroached on the location of surface facilities, to identify zones of poor rock quality and potential high water inflow due to fault and shear zones, and to test vibrations on areas where tunnel placement would be shallow. Testing techniques included drilling core holes and some trenches to analyze geologic faults, shear zones, and other geologic features; conducting hydrologic testing and monitoring of ground water; and measuring ambient vibrations at tunnel depth. Additional records concerning geologic and hydrologic studies undertaken at the site are present in the series Site development - Geological and hydrological project files. There is some overlap between these two series, as the geology project files also contain some of the geotechnical reports produced, especially concerning core hole analysis. Most of the hydrologic data gathered is present in the geology project files.

Another group involved with the geotechnical projects was the Underground Technology Advisory Panel (UTAP), which was composed of members from universities and SSC related industries. The SSCL and TNRLC generally sent one or more representatives to the meetings of the group. The files we have of the UTAP cover the years 1989-1994. The UTAP regularly produced reports on topics discussed at their meetings. This group advised the SSCL on various aspects of the testing process, including startup exploration, location of the ring footprint, the experimental halls, site monitoring, and ending with an assessment of the site conditions of the underground tunnel at the close of the project in 1994.

While most of these records concern specific geotechnical tests and analysis, some specific site development needs directly involving the TNRLC are discussed in these records, concerning the decision to reposition the super collider ring from the initial plan early in the project. Because of this repositioning, more land was needed for the site and additional rights of entry were needed through private lands. The TNRLC worked with the SSCL to facilitate those needs and was also involved indirectly in the geotechnical testing process.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, the DOE, the SSCL, contractors, and consultants.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the geotechnical testing and analysis that was done for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69t h Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related geotechnical records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Related geotechnical records can also be found at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Quality Assurance Group, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Numerous reports were produced from this testing process, including detailed analysis of individual bore hole results and summary reports on broader topics. These were printed, but I do not know how wide their distribution was.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Geotechnical project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 121
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
These records document a number of scientific studies done at the SSC site. The SSC was a unique and significant project which at some point may be resurrected, or something similar done. The data gathered here not only was needed for the SSC project, but, as was discussed in the records, represents significant contributions to the civil and underground engineering community. Other uses for this data could include providing techniques for data gathering for other tunnel or underground projects. Very little is discussed in these records which concern the site development/infrastructure activities of the agency. However, the TNRLC was involved in some ways directly and indirectly in others with the geotechnical studies conducted.

Because of the scientific nature of these records and the uniqueness of the SSC project, this series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Geological and hydrological project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These records concern the geologic and hydrological studies that were done at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site. Types of records present include correspondence and memoranda; summaries of telephone conversations; scientific reports and studies; monitoring reports; status reports; core hole analysis reports; notes; maps; and agendas, notes and meeting summaries from various advisory/working groups. Dates covered are 1987-1994.

Texas was awarded the site for the SSC in January 1989. Geologic and hydrologic studies had been done of the site prior to that point for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) to use in preparing the final site proposal of the site's viability for the SSC project to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Once the site was awarded, a geotechnical characterization program was begun, which included additional geologic and hydrologic studies. These records reflect studies done for the site proposal and those done after Texas was awarded the site. The contractor most represented in these records was the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas, which conducted hydrologic studies and some later geologic studies. Geotechnical/geologic reports from the Earth Technology Corporation and RTK, A Joint Venture also are present. Geologic and hydrologic studies conducted included vibration testing; studies of regional ground water resources and ground water flow, such as through fractured rock; monitoring wells; chemical analysis of ground water; determining faults and fractures in the rock formation; and mapping faults and fractures in the surface excavations and the tunnels. For more details on the geotechnical studies done, see the series Site development - Geotechnical project files. There is some overlap between these two series, as both series contain some of the geotechnical reports produced, especially concerning core hole analysis.

While most of these records concern specific geologic and hydrologic studies, some specific site development needs directly involving the TNRLC are discussed in these records. These concern water to be supplied to the site, and the decision to reposition the super collider ring from the initial plan early in the project. Because of this repositioning, more land was needed for the site and additional rights of entry were needed through private lands. The TNRLC worked with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) to facilitate those needs and was also involved with the geologic and hydrologic studies conducted.

Correspondents include the staff of the TNRLC, the DOE, the SSCL, and contractors and consultants, primarily the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 3 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the geologic and hydrological studies that were done at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related geological and hydrological records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Related geological and hydrological records can also be found at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Quality Assurance Group, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records:
Numerous reports were produced from this testing process, including detailed analysis of individual bore hole results and summary reports on broader topics. These were printed, but I do not know how wide their distribution was.

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Geology project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 120
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
These records document a number of scientific studies done at the SSC site. The SSC was a unique and significant project which at some point may be resurrected, or something similar done. The data gathered here not only was needed for the SSC project, but, as was discussed in the records, represents significant contributions to the civil and underground engineering community. Other uses for this data include providing techniques for data gathering for other tunnel or underground projects. Very little is discussed in these records which concern the site development/infrastructure activities of the agency. However, the TNRLC was involved in some ways directly and indirectly in others with the geologic and hydrologic studies conducted.

Because of the scientific nature of these records and the uniqueness of the SSC project, this series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Utility adjustments

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These records concern utility adjustments made for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Types of records present include a manual for the utility adjustment process, correspondence, memoranda, records of contact visits and telephone conversations, reports, applications for permits, utility adjustment agreements, payment authorizations for adjustments, easement authorizations, and maps showing site plans, easements granted, and/or locations of lines to be moved and where they would be relocated. Dates covered are 1990-1993.

The topic most heavily covered involves having local utility companies (electric, water, gas, and telephone) relocate and adjust existing lines to fit in with the site development and construction of the SSC project. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) would reimburse the utility companies for eligible expenses involved in the relocation of lines. Their reimbursement policy required establishing an agreement on work to be done, determining the eligibility of work for reimbursement, and the responsibility for financing, scheduling and accomplishing the work, and the method of accumulating costs and making payments. Most reimbursement costs could be paid. However, lines placed through, under, along and/or over public roads can be required by a public agency to be relocated at the utility company's expense, without eligibility for reimbursement.

Some other topics covered include easements and permit applications. The TNRLC negotiated with utility companies who owned easement rights on land acquired for the SSC project to remove those easements. Once the TNRLC acquired the land, they in turn granted temporary easements to companies for things such as running electric or water lines on or above the property. A few permit applications and related materials can be found in these records. In one case, a company's permit for building a new reservoir became jeopardized by the SSC project and legal action ensued over the permit application. A few materials are present from law offices to the TNRLC claiming confidentiality due to attorney-client privilege. This case was resolved.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), contractors, state agencies, and law offices.

Materials concerning new utility lines, etc. put into use during this project can be found in other site development series, including Site development - Infrastructure and series for specific site components, such as Site development - West Campus project files. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals 7 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the process of handling utility adjustments needed for the SSC project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Utility adjustments
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 149
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including adjustment of utilities in the site area. While this was a necessary function undertaken to facilitate the site development and construction of the SSC, it is not important enough to maintain these detailed records about which lines were moved or scheduled to be moved. Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. This is adequate coverage of this topic. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Property management

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains records concerning management of properties acquired for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC). Types of records present include correspondence and memoranda; leases, contracts and agreements; property management plan; land use management plan; invitations for bids/requests for proposals and proposals sent in response; proposal review sheets; monthly contractor reports; certifications of removal of hazardous materials, such as asbestos and chemical storage containers; certifications of property clearance; plugging reports re: wells and cisterns filled in; maps, photographs and slides showing well sites; site surveillance reports; reports from property management status meetings; real property inventories; site security logs; and minutes, agenda, correspondence, and memoranda from the Land Use Steering Committee. Dates covered are 1989-1994.

One of the responsibilities of the TNRLC was to purchase land for the SSC project and have all improvements removed prior to SSC construction. The agency contracted out for an environmental assessment to be done of the parcels of land as they were purchased. The contractor was Raba- Kistner Consultants, Inc. The objective of this assessment was to determine the existence of hazardous substances on the property and determine environmental aspects of land in the site vicinity. The major areas of concern to the agency were the location of above-ground and underground storage tanks; pits, sumps, and surface improvements; stored chemicals; solid waste disposal on the premises; signs of chemical or hydrocarbon spillage; locating filled areas on the site; locating all transformers; and asbestos considerations. Once the assessment was done, contracts were issued to carry out tasks to be done, the most common being removal of asbestos and demolition or removal of all improvements to the site, to include all structures, fences, septic tanks, concrete slabs, etc. Additionally, all wells and cisterns were to be located and plugged. Structures deemed to be historic were scheduled for relocation.

Another aspect of the property management program involved leasing the land purchased by the agency back to the land owners or other interested parties for agricultural activities, such as harvesting crops or cattle grazing, until construction was ready to being.

Correspondents are primarily staff of the TNRLC, contractors, lessees, bidders, other state agencies, and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL).

A few materials are present from the general counsel to the executive director of the TNRLC regarding problems with a land-related purchase. The materials were labeled as attorney work products and were claimed to be confidential due to attorney-client privilege. This case was settled and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission considers these records to be open.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 5.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the property management activities of the TNRLC, primarily focusing on land leasing, removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials, and demolition activities.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Property management
Series item number: 5.1
Agency item number: 143
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned the purchase of land for the SSC project and having all improvements removed prior to SSC construction. The materials in this series document this function in fairly specific detail. Summary documentation of the site development process, including property management activities can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. While we feel the summary documentation is adequate coverage of this topic, we are unsure as to whether sufficient documentation of some issues in these records is present elsewhere, especially concerning asbestos removal. Because of these concerns, this series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Ellis County project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memos, reports, notes, agreements, and other materials concerning interaction between the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) and officials in Ellis County regarding a variety of issues, most related to infrastructure changes due to the construction of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1989-1993. Specific topics covered include road improvements, a transportation plan for routing SSC traffic, water service agreements, donation of county land to the TNRLC for the SSC project, and the cooperative development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) between the TNRLC and the Ellis County Appraisal District (ECAD)--TRNLC provided the expertise, ECAD provided the funding. The GIS system was to provide maps and deed information to expedite location and surveying of land and easements to be purchased for the SSC project. Ellis County would then have a permanent GIS system to facilitate their appraisal process.

Correspondents include local officials, staff of the TNRLC, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), and a few law offices.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents interaction between the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and officials in Ellis County regarding a variety of issues, most related to infrastructure changes due to the construction of the super collider.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Ellis County project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 119
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents some infrastructure changes and land donation for Ellis County. Although infrastructure changes and land acquisition were important functions of the TNRLC, specific details are not necessary to document the process. We do not need to maintain these records about routine infrastructure changes--road improvements or rerouting traffic, etc. The land acquisition activities discussed here, donation of county land and development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) are also minor aspects of the whole site development process. Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. This is adequate coverage of this topic. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Planning and zoning information

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, contracts, schedules, requests for proposals, proposals, working papers and reports, invoices, weekly progress reports, schedules, notes, meeting notes from Ellis County Commission planning meetings and topical focus groups, and summaries of comments from public hearings on proposed Ellis County zoning guidelines. Dates covered are 1989-1993.

As part of their site development duties, the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) engaged a contractor, Johnson, Johnson & Roy/Inc., to serve as the primary contractor for providing land use and infrastructure planning services for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. This included planning for land use, transportation, infrastructure support, support services, disasters and emergencies, environmental impact monitoring, and public involvement in the planning process. Part of this process also included working with the Ellis County Commissioners on zoning issues--building codes, platting ordinances, creating map of existing land uses, and creating a zoning ordinance. The 71st Legislature, through Senate Bill 852, granted Ellis County the authority to zone unincorporated areas of Ellis County within ten miles of the SSC site.

Correspondence was primarily between the TNRLC and the contractor, though some correspondence is also present from subcontractors, attorneys, local officials, and local utility companies.

Additional materials about this process can be found in the Land Use and Infrastructure Plan (for Ellis County), found in series Reports. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 3.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the agency's involvement with the land use and infrastructure planning services for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Planning and zoning information
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 131
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to undertake land use and infrastructure planning services for the SSC project. This series documents planning and zoning activities undertaken for Ellis County in the vicinity of the SSC project. Although these are necessary services for a large project such as this, specific details of the planning and zoning activities are not necessary to document the process, especially since the project was never completed and some of what was proposed was not done. Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. This is adequate coverage of this topic. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Infrastructure

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
These records concern changes in the infrastructure of Ellis County needed for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Dates covered are 1978, 1987-1994. Types of materials present include correspondence and memoranda, telephone conversation summaries, requests for proposals, proposals, studies and reports, contracts and agreements, minute orders from the Texas Department of Transportation, permit applications, invoices, weekly progress reports, schedules, notes, maps, and photographs. Also present are meeting agenda, notes, and meeting summaries from various committees and working groups, such as the infrastructure working group, the power sub-group, and the infrastructure steering committee.

In January 1992, the DOE requested the assistance of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) in securing all the infrastructure requirements for the SSC project. These included primary and secondary road improvements, water transmission and distribution, wastewater connection lines, electric power transmission lines and substations, and natural gas lines. Any cost to the TNRLC for this project was considered to be part of Texas $1 billion contribution to the project. They were to work with the existing general contractor, PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen). The Texas Department of Transportation was already heavily involved with road improvements and changes, and local utility companies had worked with TNRLC, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) already to some degree to facilitate needed changes. The TNRLC's initial efforts were directed more towards water and wastewater needs, though they were involved in all aspects of the infrastructure needs. Within the records of this series, the most dominant topics were water, wastewater, and transportation needs. Other topics discussed to a lesser degree include electric transmission lines and substations, telecommunication needs, new utility lines and adjustments to existing ones, and installation of roadside signs.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, the SSCL, the DOE, contractors, consultants, local government officials, state agencies, and utility companies.

Most of the records concerning utility adjustments for this project can be found in other site development series, especially Site development -Utility adjustments and in series for specific site components, such as Site development - West Campus project files. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 9 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the TNRLC's involvement in facilitating needed changes in the infrastructure of Ellis County for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Infrastructure
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 130
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents infrastructure changes for Ellis County, some implemented, some not. Although this was an important function of the TNRLC, we do not need to document what specific changes were proposed and/or undertaken. Major construction projects of this stature have some infrastructure changes that are an accepted part of the process. Summary documentation of the site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. This is adequate coverage of this topic. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Land acquisition project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, contracts and agreements, legal records, court documents, manuals, monthly progress reports, lists of land parcels purchased, appraisal proposals and reports, invoices, minutes and agenda from land acquisition task force and committee meetings, and other materials concerning the land acquisition project for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1987-1994.

The SSC required about 16,550 acres of land for the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was responsible for the land acquisition, working in conjunction with the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) during the process. TNRLC hired several contractors to perform different functions, with Universal Field Services, Inc., being the primary contractor. These records reflect many, if not all, of the activities involved in the land acquisition project. Topics covered include surveying, mapping, real estate market research, real estate appraisals, eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, negotiations with land owners, suits brought against the agency re: land purchases, relocation entitlements, utility location costs, and right of access agreements.

Several files are present which contain memos between the general counsel of the TNRLC and the director or commissioners concerning legal cases pending against the agency, stamped as confidential due to attorney-client privilege. These cases, according to records of the agency, have been settled and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission considers these records to be open. However, one type of record which can be confidential and is scattered throughout these files are real estate appraisals (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Texas Open Records Act, Section 552.105, and an Attorney General Letter Opinion 90-549 (November 20, 1990)). The Texas Open Records Act states that appraisals of property to be purchased for public use are confidential prior to the formal award of contracts for that property. Once a contract for purchase is awarded the information becomes public. We do not know if all the property for which appraisals were obtained was purchased, meaning that appraisals present for property not purchased (due to cancellation of the SSC project or other reasons) could still be considered as confidential according to the above statutes. At the close of the SSC Project, the General Land Office (GLO) was given the responsibility for selling the land purchased for the SSC project back to the general public. The land acquisition parcel files created by the TNRLC (surveys, notes, maps, photographs, etc. gathered for each parcel purchased) were transferred to the GLO for use their use when selling the land.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC, the DOE, the SSCL, contractors, state agencies--primarily the Attorney General's Office, title companies, and attorneys.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in two correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence and Administrative correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 15 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the TNRLC's involvement in land acquisition process for the Superconducting Super Collider project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints:
Real estate appraisals of property to be purchased for public use are confidential prior to the formal award of contracts for that property. Some appraisals in these records likely are present for property that was not purchased, thus they may still be confidential. (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Texas Open Records Act, Section 552.105)

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
The Texas Attorney General's Office should have records relating to the suits brought against the TNRLC and the condemnation proceedings, as the Attorney General served as legal counsel for the agency in court.

The land acquisition parcel files (surveys, notes, maps, photographs, etc.) can be found at the Texas General Land Office.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Land acquisition project files
Series item number: 5.2.003
Agency item number: 122
Archival code: A
Retention: LA

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to acquire the needed land for the SSC project. This series documents the land acquisition activities in great detail. Although land acquisition was a necessity for the SSC project, specific details of the land acquisition process and what land was purchased are not necessary to document the process, especially since the project was never completed. Summary documentation of the site development process, including land acquisition activities can be found in the series Commission meetings, and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee. Two correspondence series, Administrative correspondence and Site development - Correspondence, also contain materials concerning land acquisition. These series provide adequate coverage of the land acquisition process. This series has been appraised to be non-archival.

These files have a retention period of LA--life of asset. Since the state is not building the SSC and most the land purchased has been or will be put back onto the auction block, these files have fulfilled their retention period. Also, any of the land transactions should also be recorded in the county court house in the deed records, which is sufficient documentation of the property transactions for this project.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - East Campus project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, drawings, design change notices, agreements, and other records concerning the site development of the East Campus complex at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site and design specifications for facilities on the complex. Dates covered are 1987, 1991-1994.

The SSC site contained two large campus areas, known as the East Campus and the West Campus. Development on the East Campus began later than that of the West Campus and most facilities designed for the campus were not finished. The records in this series discuss the overall site development of the complex, including design specifications of the facilities and tunnels to be constructed, infrastructure needs, and regulatory compliance issues. The specifications are present in several reports prepared by the contractor, PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen), which are accompanied by drawings of the facilities. The infrastructure needs discussed center primarily on water transmission, potable water, and wastewater. Also covered to a lesser degree are access roads needed to the site, electrical substations for the complex, hydrologic and geotechnical studies of the complex, and a plan for mitigation of some lands in the complex to wetlands.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project--PB/MK, and local officials.

More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. More details of the construction of facilities, tunnels, etc. can be found in the various construction management series and in other site development series which concern specific components of the site, such as Site development - Tunnel project files. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals 4 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents some of the site development activities at the East Campus complex and design details for facilities on the complex.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications, plans for facilities, etc., can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - East Campus project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 125
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, including facilitating the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents the site development and design details for facilities and tunnels to be constructed on the East Campus complex. Most of the infrastructure needs discussed here concern water and wastewater. The majority of the records discuss design specifications for the complex in the form of reports and drawings. The DOE was in charge of constructing the facilities and other components at the site. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. A more complete construction record of this complex is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. While we do not need specific details of infrastructure needs, we need to maintain the design specifications and drawings for the complex to get a good picture of what the site would have encompassed if it were built. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - West Campus project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, summaries of telephone conversations, reports and studies, drawings, specifications, design change notices, invitations for bid (for subcontractors to build specific facilities or site components), maps, and other records concerning the site development of the West Campus complex at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site and design details for facilities and components on the complex. Dates covered are 1989-1994.

The SSC site contained two large campus areas, known as the East Campus and the West Campus. Development of the West Campus was more comprehensive than that of the East Campus--it contained several major facilities that were completed or nearly completed, including the Central Facility, the Magnet Development Lab, and the Linear Accelerator. Still, many of the facilities and other components of the site, such as shafts and tunnels designed for the campus were not finished. The records in this series concern the overall site development of the complex, including design specifications of the facilities and other components to be constructed, infrastructure needs, and regulatory compliance issues. The specifications are present in several reports prepared by the contractor, PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen), and are accompanied by plans and drawings of the facilities. The infrastructure needs discussed center primarily around water transmission, potable water, cooling systems, and wastewater treatment plants. Plans and specifications are present for several of the water facilities. Other components of the site for which specifications and drawings are available include the low energy booster, the medium energy booster, and the test beam area. Also covered to a lesser degree are access roads needed to the site, electrical needs for the complex, and a plan for relocation of a stream on the complex.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project--PB/MK and other consultants and contractors, water district and utility companies, and local officials.

More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. More details of the construction of facilities, tunnels, etc. can be found in the various construction management series and in other site development series which concern specific components of the site, such as Site development - Tunnel project files. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals 10 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the site development of the West Campus complex and design details for facilities on the complex.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications, plans for facilities, tunnels, etc., can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - West campus project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 124
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, including facilitating the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents the site development and design details for facilities, shafts, and other components of the project to be constructed on the West Campus complex. Most of the infrastructure needs discussed here concern water and wastewater. The majority of the records concern design specifications for the complex in the form of reports and drawings. The DOE was in charge of constructing the facilities and other components at the site. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. A more complete construction record of this complex is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. While we do not need specific details of infrastructure needs, we need to maintain the design specifications and drawings for the complex to get a good picture of what the site would have encompassed if it were built. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - N Site and N15 project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, drawings, specifications, design change notices, invitations for bid, maps, permits, and other records concerning the site development and design specifications for the N shaft sites for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), primarily the N15 site located on the West Campus complex. Dates covered are 1991-1993.

The records in this series concern the design specifications, infrastructure needs, and regulatory compliance issues of the N shaft sites. The collider facility was to consist of 54 miles of tunnel with associated shafts and surface buildings. The tunnel comprised north and south arcs, each 22 miles in length, and west and east clusters, each about 5 miles in length, connecting the arcs. Shafts to the tunnel were located every 2.7 miles. Some shafts were used for utility access, some for personnel access, and smaller shafts were used for ventilation. The N15 site was a major service area and the most completely documented site in this series. Specifications are present in several reports prepared by the contractor, PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen), and are accompanied by plans and drawings of the shafts and service areas. The infrastructure needs discussed center primarily around water transmission, a water plant, cooling systems, and a sewage treatment plant. Plans and specifications are present for most of the water facilities and an overall plan for all the infrastructure needs of the N15 site is present. Also covered to a lesser degree are access roads needed to the site.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), and the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project, PB/MK.

Some additional materials for the N shaft sites, especially the N15 site, including additional drawings, reports, and specifications, can be found in the series Site development - West Campus project files and the series Site development - Tunnel project files. More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals 2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the site development of the N15 and other N site shafts, most located in the West Campus complex.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications, plans for shafts, etc., can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - N site and N15 project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 127
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, including facilitating the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents the site development and design details of the N15 and other N site shafts, most located in the West Campus complex. Most of the infrastructure needs discussed here concern water and wastewater. The DOE was in charge of constructing the facilities and other components at the site. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. A more complete construction record of the shafts is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. While we do not need specific details of infrastructure needs, we need to maintain the design specifications and drawings for the shafts to get a good picture of what the site would have encompassed if it were built. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55 project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, drawings, and design requirements concerning the site development and construction of the S15-S55 shaft sites for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1992-1993.

The records in this series concern the design requirements and some infrastructure needs, mostly concerning water needs and drainage for access roads to the S shaft sites. The collider facility was to consist of 54 miles of tunnel with associated shafts and surface buildings. The tunnel comprised north and south arcs, each 22 miles in length, and west and east clusters, each about 5 miles in length, connecting the arcs. Shafts to the tunnel were located every 2.7 miles. Some shafts were used for utility access, some for personnel access, and smaller shafts were used for ventilation. Very little progress was made in the construction of the S site shafts, which likely explains the lack of materials present in this series.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), and the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project--PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen).

Some additional materials can be found in the series Site development - Tunnel project files. More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files total less than 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents a small portion of the site development of the S site shafts.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications, plans for shafts, etc. can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55
Series item number: 5.2
Agency item number: 147
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, including facilitating the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents the site development and design requirements of the S site shafts. The infrastructure needs discussed here concern water and drainage needs for access roads, which comprise most of the materials in this series. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. The design requirements and drawings for the shaft sites are very significant, as the shafts were an integral part of the collider ring. A more complete construction record of this complex is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. Although these records do not seem to reflect direct involvement of the TNRLC regarding infrastructure needs, these records are important to retain nonetheless. While we do not need specific details of infrastructure needs, we do need to maintain the design requirements and drawings for the shaft sites and vicinity to get a good picture of what the site would have encompassed if it were built. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - South Arc project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, phone conversation summaries, memoranda, and maps concerning site development for the south arc section of the tunnel for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1991-1993.

The records in this series concern some infrastructure needs for the south arc section of the collider tunnel. The collider facility was to consist of 54 miles of tunnel with associated shafts and surface buildings. The tunnel comprised north and south arcs, each 22 miles in length, and west and east clusters, each about 5 miles in length, connecting the arcs. The records in this series primarily concern water needs for the south arc, both cooling water and construction water. Also present are a few materials concerning revising part of the tunnel location. Unlike previous site development series, neither design details or plans/drawings of the south arc are present. A related series contains files of that nature--Site development - Tunnel project files.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project--PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen).

More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files total less than 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the site development of the south arc section of the collider tunnel.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specification and construction of the south arc section of the collider tunnel can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - South Arc
Series item number: 5.2
Agency item number: 144
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the agency to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, including facilitating the infrastructure needs of the SSC project. This series documents some of the site development for the south arc of the collider tunnel. The infrastructure needs discussed here concern water; also discussed is a revised location for part of the tunnel. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. We do not necessarily need to document the infrastructure needs presented in this series, but we will retain these files along with the other project files, to present the best overall record of how the facility would have looked and operated had it been built. Also, additional files concerning the site development and design specifications of the south arc are present in the series, Site development - Tunnel project files. A more complete construction record of this complex is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. Another item of interest is a 1991 memorandum regarding the revised location of the tunnel. Changes in the tunnel location are reflected in design requirements and specifications, but this adds to the overall site development project files and concerns detailed in the memorandum may be not be present elsewhere. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Tunnel project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, summaries of telephone conversations, drawings, specifications, design change notices, invitations for bid (for subcontractors to build specific facilities or site components), a tunnel elevation study, geotechnical design summary reports, maps, and other records concerning the construction of the collider tunnel of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1991-1993.

The collider facility was to consist of 54 miles of tunnel with associated shafts and surface buildings. The tunnel comprised north and south arcs, each 22 miles in length, and west and east clusters, each about 5 miles in length, connecting the arcs. Shafts to the tunnel were located every 2.7 miles. Some shafts were used for utility access, some for personnel access, and smaller shafts were used for ventilation. The records in this series primarily concern the design requirements, specifications, and drawings of portions of the north and south arcs of the collider tunnel and associated shafts; and revisions to the original tunnel location. Very little specific site development needs are discussed except as part of the overall design of the tunnel.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the contractor for the design and construction of conventional facilities for the SSC project--PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen), and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Additional details of the site development for the north and south shaft sites can be found in the series, Site development - N site and N15 project files, and Site development - Shaft sites S15-S55. The series Site development - South Arc project files address some site development needs of the south arc. More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
The records in this series document the design requirements and specifications of portions of the north and south arcs of the collider tunnel and associated shafts.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications and construction of the collider tunnel can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Tunnel project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 126
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
This series documents the design specifications and plans of the collider tunnel. There is very little specific infrastructure or site development needs discussed here--those are generally incorporated into the overall design specifications. The TNRLC worked with the DOE and the SSCL to facilitate the infrastructure needs and regulatory compliance issues, but was not directly involved in the construction of facilities and components except for the renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility. Although these records do not seem to reflect direct involvement of the TNRLC regarding infrastructure needs, these records are important to retain nonetheless. The design requirements and drawings for the collider tunnel and its associated the shaft sites are very significant, since this was the core of the super collider. A more complete construction record of the tunnel is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Prototype installation facility project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, plans, maps, notes, and other materials concerning the Prototype Installation Facility (PIF) and associated facilities, built as part of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Also included are minutes, notes, and agenda from the Prototype Installation Facility Task Force meetings. Dates covered are 1989-1990.

The PIF was an underground facility to be built in the early stages of the SSC project, intended as a fully modeled tunnel section. It was needed to develop the installation techniques and equipment necessary for the safe and economical construction of the accelerator, and to develop and model the techniques for handling and installing the conventional facilities and components in the underground environment, especially in the shafts. These records discuss the components of the PIF and the need and uses for this facility, and provide information about related facilities, especially the Accelerator Systems String Test facility (ASST). The ASST was an above ground facility which complemented the PIF. It was set up to demonstrate operation under full power of a collider half cell using industrially fabricated magnets. It was located near the PIF on the N15 site area, and shared a refrigeration unit with the PIF. It was operational by mid 1992. The PIF, as best I can tell from the records and reports, was not fully completed. One report also addresses the survey monumentation program. This was a system of master monuments established above ground to provide overall horizontal control for the project, with the monuments located at precise intervals around the ring footprint, inside the ring, and outside the ring.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The infrastructure needs for the PIF and ASST are not addressed to any significant degree here except for a brief mention of land acquisition needs. More details of infrastructure activities in the overall site development process can be found in the series Site development - Infrastructure and the series Site development - Utility adjustments. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 0.2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document the need and uses for the PIF, and provide information about related facilities, especially the Accelerator Systems String Test facility (ASST).

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications and construction of the PIF and ASST can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Prototype installation facility project files
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 123
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
These records document the need and uses for the Prototype Installation Facility (PIF), and provide information about related facilities, especially the Accelerator Systems String Test facility (ASST). There is very little specific infrastructure or site development needs discussed here--those are generally incorporated into the plans and specifications. Although these records do not seem to reflect direct involvement of the TNRLC regarding infrastructure needs, these records are important to retain nonetheless. The PIF and the ASST were significant components of the SSC, especially in the early testing stages of site components. A more complete construction record of the PIF and the ASST is available with the records of the SSC Project Office at the National Archives. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Spoils

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains correspondence, memoranda, phone conversation summaries, and proposals concerning the use of spoils from the construction of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Dates covered are 1989, 1993-1994.

Spoils are the excess rock and soils removed from the SSC site during construction of the buildings, halls, tunnels, etc. These records discuss several uses of that material. In 1989 a proposal was submitted for using spoils as landscaping in and around the areas from which it was generated, which would reduce road haulage of such material to a minimum. In 1993 the records discuss leaching of rock samples as a simulation of field conditions of spoils emplacement. The county also requested use of site spoils for county road maintenance. In 1994 a request for bid was initiated for a project wide erosion control and stabilization program--to provide the means to complete erosion control and stabilization efforts at the construction sites until decisions were made on the final disposition of SSC assets. This project entailed adding topsoil, seeding, fertilizing, weed control, etc.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), contractors, and Texas A&M University.

Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals less than 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents the possible uses of spoils from the construction of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies: None

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Spoils
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 129
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
This series documents the planning for and use of spoils at the SSC site. The TNRLC was involved in this aspect of site development, along with the SSCL. This is a small amount of material and does provide some insight on the problems of dealing with excess rock, soils produced from such large scale construction, especially since so much of this was underground. However, we do not need to maintain this material as this is a common problem at construction sites and not unique to this project. Additionally, the records only discuss what was proposed, not what was carried out. That information is likely present in construction files.

These records to be appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Superconducting Super Collider central facility

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of records concerning the renovation or reconstruction of a large warehouse into the Central Facility at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site. Types of materials present include correspondence, memoranda, phone conversation summaries, notes, weekly status reports, an environmental assessment and inspection of the facility, schedules, and lists of deregulated materials stored at the central facility. Dates covered are 1989-1994.

The TNRLC was responsible for the renovation or reconstruction of a large warehouse it acquired in the Waxahachie area in early 1991. The warehouse became the Central Facility for the SSC site. The facility housed the offices, laboratory, and storage space for the SSCL. Because they were able to finding an existing facility and renovate it fairly quickly, it was expected to save the SSC project about $13 million and advance some SSC development activities two years ahead of schedule. These records discuss the acquisition of the facility and adjacent property, construction progress, and some infrastructure concerns, such as getting needed utilities and making changes to surrounding roads to accommodate new traffic patterns. The series does not contain design specifications or plans, nor does it discuss the disposition of the central facility by the state of Texas at the close of the project. At the close of the SSC project, this facility was given to Texas as part of the settlement agreement. The Texas General Land Office was responsible for the sale of the facility, which has recently been sold.

Correspondents include the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and contractors.

Further information on the construction of the facility can be found in the series Site development - Central Laboratory complex project files. Further information on the facility's disposition at the end of the SSC project can be found in the series, Site development - Project termination, and in the series, Commission meetings. Visual documentation of reconstruction activities of the Central Facility can be found in the series Photographs. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document the project management of the reconstruction or renovation of a large warehouse into the Central Facility at the SSC site. The reconstruction was undertaken by the TNRLC.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Related records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

TNRLC construction management records concerning the central facility at the Texas General Land Office.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Superconducting Super Collider central facility
Series item number: 5.2
Agency item number: 146
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
The Department of Energy requested the TNRLC purchase an existing facility for renovation into the central facility. The TNRLC purchased a large warehouse and was responsible for the renovation or reconstruction of the warehouse into the Central Facility for the SSC site, where the SSCL offices, lab, and storage areas were eventually located. This series concerns a small component of the TNRLC's activities regarding this building. A large part of the files consist of weekly construction status reports, which provide little detail and are normally not an archival record. This facility was not one of the scientific facilities developed for the SSC project and is not unique in that aspect. This series does not contain unique materials worthy of permanent retention.

These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have not yet fulfilled their retention period and will be maintained by the Texas General Services Commission until 2006.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Construction, central laboratory complex, project files

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series contains records concerning site development and construction activities at the central lab complex. The vast majority of materials present are minutes, agenda, and weekly reports from the Conventional Construction Senior Management meetings, which included staff from the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC), the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the general contractor, the PB/MK team (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen). Information found in these reports includes updates on progress made in construction at various facilities at the site; infrastructure needs; rights of entry obtained or areas of the site needing immediate access; land acquired or areas of the site prioritized for land acquisition; permits needed or acquired; testing done or ongoing; problems encountered and those foreseen; and upcoming key events. Other materials present include correspondence, memoranda, and some design criteria for the SSCL conventional facilities. Dates covered are 1989-1994. Correspondents include the TNRLC, SSCL, and contractors.

A major function of the TNRLC to be undertaken during the construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to coordinate planning and review during construction, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the project, and to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider. The TNRLC involvement during the construction of the SSC centered around these issues, some of which are reflected in these records. Some incomplete sets of design criteria are also present for the surface facilities, along with design criteria for freight elevators.

Further information on the construction of the central facility can be found in the series, Construction management - Correspondence, and in the series Site development - Central facility. Visual documentation of construction of a number of facilities can be found in the series Photographs. Documentation of the overall site development process can be found in the series Commission meetings and in the series Commission committee meetings, specifically in the files of the Site Acquisition and Development Committee; and in the correspondence series, Site development - Correspondence.

Size of the files totals about 2.5 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These records document site development and construction activities at the central lab complex at the SSC site.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management

Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Site development - Construction, central laboratory complex, project files Series item number: 5.2.003
Agency item number: 117
Archival code: A
Retention: LA

Appraisal decision:
A major function of the TNRLC to be undertaken during construction of the super collider concerned site development, and a component of that was for the agency to coordinate planning and review during construction, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the project, and facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider. The TNRLC involvement during the construction of the SSC centered around these issues, some of which are reflected in these records. Although these materials do not provide detailed documentation on all the construction activities undertaken at the site, the weekly senior management meeting reports do provide an interesting insight into all the components involved in the SSC project, including infrastructure concerns (rights of entry and land acquisition needs, permits needed, water and utility needs, etc.), progress made in construction, problems encountered, gains made at the site, etc. Weekly reports such as this are not always considered to be an archival record. However, these reports cover a multi-year span (October 1990-April 1994) and would be very useful for researchers documenting a history of the site, especially documenting construction and site development activities. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Site development - Project termination

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of records used in closing out various site development-related issues at the end of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, status reports, appraisals of state facilities to be sold, cost reports from the Attorney General re: their assistance with land litigation and other cases, tables and lists of property to be sold, inventories of equipment and supplies, interagency contracts and agreements re: disposition of state property and equipment, and agreements with contractors re: site restoration services. Dates covered are 1994-1997. Topics discussed focus on the shutdown of the SSC project, including the transfer of U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) property to the state of Texas, disposition of the state's assets by the General Land Office (GLO) and the General Services Commission (GSC), environmental issues (water quality and testing, air testing, permits, etc.) settlement of local claims (such as damage to county roads), return of county property to Ellis County, terminating rights of entry agreements with the DOE, settlement of land litigation cases, and site restoration.

At the close of the SSC project, the TNRLC turned over state-owned equipment to the General Services Commission to sell and state-owned real property to the General Land Office (GLO) to sell to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. This property included the land the TNRLC had purchased for the SSC project, the Magnet Development Lab, and the Central Facility. Land acquisition parcel files (surveys, notes, maps, photographs, etc.) compiled by the TNRLC during the purchase of the land were transferred to the GLO for their use in the property sales, as well as construction management records concerning the Central Facility. Additionally, the TNRLC worked with the Attorney General to settle litigation issues and any remaining claims against the SSC project, and oversaw the site restoration project.

Correspondents present in these records include the TNRLC, the General Land Office, the General Services Commission, the Attorney General's Office, other state agencies, local officials, and contractors.

Further documentation of the final shutdown of the SSC project can be found in the series Final settlement, and in the series, Commission meetings.

Size of these files total 3 cubic ft.

Purpose:
These files document TNRLC's involvement with various site development-related issues at the end of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, a Research and Development program, and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Commission, along with the General Land Office and the General Services Commission, were authorized by the 74th Legislature to dispose of state-owned super collider assets, returning funds to the state to reduce the project's general obligation bond debt. The Commission is also working with the Attorney General's Office to complete eminent domain proceedings, and must also certify the return to the state of restored land after the DOE has completed site restoration. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Land acquisition parcel files (surveys, notes, maps, photographs, etc.), and construction management files for the central facility can be found at the Texas General Land Office.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule: Not on schedule

Appraisal decision:
This series documents actions taken by the TNRLC at the close of the project regarding site development-related issues, including disposition of state-owned SSC assets, settlement of litigation, some environmental issues, and site restoration. These were significant actions of the agency and while selling of state equipment and land does not necessarily require permanent documentation, other materials in this series should be maintained, especially records regarding environmental issues and those concerning the site restoration project. If the SSC project is ever revived, records documenting the shutdown of the project will be needed, and future issues could arise concerning the site restoration activities. Also, these files complement other settlement records of the agency; see the series Final settlement, and discussions in the series Commission meetings. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Construction management - Correspondence

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of memoranda, correspondence, and other materials concerning construction activities of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site. Other materials present include bid proposals, analysis of bid proposals, site layouts, a manual for procurement policies and procedures, site layouts, and cost estimates. Dates covered are 1991-1993.

Most of the materials are internal memoranda concerning the reconstruction of the central facility and an addition to that building, some materials also discuss other construction projects, primarily in the west complex, which contained the Magnet Development Lab (MDL) and the Linear Accelerator (LINAC). Issues covered within these files include bids for various components of the work to be done, change orders, revisions to plans, updates in project contracts, delays, invoice approvals, cost concerns, procurement procedures, and acknowledgements.

Correspondents include staff of the TNRLC staff, primarily the construction project manager, William N. Mabus, and the executive director, Edward Bingler; the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL); contractors; and businesses in the region.

There were initially three boxes in this series according to the agency's inventory, only two were transferred to Austin. The other box likely wound up with the Texas General Land Office, along with the other construction-related files concerning the central facility.

Further information on the construction of the central facility can be found in the series Site development - Central facility. Visual documentation of construction of a number of facilities can be found in the series Photographs. Summary documentation of the TNRLC involvement with the construction process can be found in the series Commission meetings.

Size of the files totals about 2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents construction activities of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission at the SSC site.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The TNRLC was involved with the construction activities in varying degrees. The DOE and SSCL were primarily responsible for construction of surface and underground facilities for the SSC project. The TNRLC was responsible for the reconstruction in 1991 of a large warehouse into the Central Facility, where the offices, lab, and storage spaces for the SSCL were located. However, the main construction focus of the TNRLC was to provide oversight of state-supported general construction programs for the SSC. The staff coordinated planning and review activities with the DOE during the design and construction of the surface and underground lab facilities. The staff also reviewed and evaluated engineering design and construction plans, and monitored on-site construction activities to ensure an efficient and coordinated approach to construction and site development, as well as the cost-effective use of state funds.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps:
Records are likely missing for the years c. 1990 and 1994, and most of the correspondence does not cover all the construction activities of the TNRLC, but just focuses on the one they were most heavily involved in, the central facility.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications and construction can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

TNRLC construction management records concerning the central facility are at the Texas General Land Office.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Construction management - Correspondence
Series item number: 1.1.007
Agency item number: 150
Archival code: A
Retention: 3

Appraisal decision:
These materials consist of what appears to be fairly routine construction correspondence, discussing bid proposals, change orders, cost concerns, etc. These records provide little detail about the actual construction of the SSC facilities and are normally not considered archival. Additionally, the files cover only a short period (1991-1993) and most of the files concern the construction of the central facility, which was not one of the scientific facilities developed for the SSC project and is not unique in that aspect. This series does not contain unique materials worthy of permanent retention. These records have been appraised to be non-archival. They have fulfilled their retention requirements.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Construction management - Magnet Development Laboratory

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of correspondence and memoranda concerning the involvement of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) in the funding and construction of the Magnet Development Laboratory (MDL) at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site. Also present are cost figures, schedules, and drafts of a site stabilization agreement. Dates covered are 1990-1991.

The Magnet Development Laboratory was one of the first facilities to be built at the SSC site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was approached by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) to contribute funds for the construction, which was approved by the TNRLC. These records primarily concern the TNRLC funding for the lab and the management concerns raised by the agency over their level of participation in the construction of the lab. They also discuss ways to better coordinate such concerns between the TNRLC, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), and the DOE; and a proposed site stabilization agreement some of the TNRLC staff opposed. These records do not contain project files or correspondence detailing the plans, design, or actual construction of the lab. TNRLC maintained an oversight authority for the construction, while the SSCL was responsible for the actual construction of the lab.

Correspondents include TNRLC staff, the SSCL, and the DOE.

Visual documentation of the construction of this and other facilities can be found in the series Photographs. Summary documentation of the TNRLC involvement with the construction process can be found in the series Commission meetings.

Size of the files totals about 0.1 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series documents management concerns and issues between the TNRLC and the DOE over the construction of the Magnet Development Lab.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The TNRLC was involved with the construction activities in varying degrees. The DOE and SSCL were primarily responsible for construction of surface and underground facilities for the SSC project. The TNRLC was responsible for the reconstruction in 1991 of a large warehouse into the Central Facility, where the offices, lab, and storage spaces for the SSCL were located. However, the main construction focus of the TNRLC was to provide oversight of state-supported general construction programs for the SSC. The staff coordinated planning and review activities with the DOE during the design and construction of the surface and underground lab facilities. The staff also reviewed and evaluated engineering design and construction plans, and monitored on-site construction activities to ensure an efficient and coordinated approach to construction and site development, as well as the cost-effective use of state funds.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

Arrangement: Topical

Access constraints: None

Use constraints: None

Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None prior to 1990 or after 1991.

Problems: None

Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications and construction can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Construction management - Project files regarding various buildings including the Magnet
Development Laboratory
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 136
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
This series documents management concerns and issues between the TNRLC and the DOE over the construction of the Magnet Development Lab. It does not contain project files or routine construction correspondence. The management issues discussed here provide some insight into how management concerns between the state and federal government for this project were handled and resolved. While this particular concern is likely summarized in the series Commission meetings, the detailed discussions in these memos and letters are worth retaining. This series has been appraised to be archival.

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Records Series Review
Series Title: Construction management - PB/MK space program

Agency: Texas National Research Laboratory Commission

Archival holdings:
This series consists of specifications and plans, advance bid notices, and schedules for construction of portions of the tunnel. Dates covered are 1990-1993. The majority of the records are specifications prepared for bid invitations for construction of parts of the Magnet Development Laboratory, and several components of the N15 section of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site, including magnet delivery shafts, site development and road preparation, infrastructure, and cooling towers. The contractor for the design and construction of convention facilities for the SSC project was PB/MK (Parsons Brinckerhoff and Morrison Knudsen). They were responsible for hiring the subcontractors sought through these bid invitations.

More details of construction and site development of the N15 site and the Magnet Development Lab (MDL), including additional drawings, reports, and specifications, can be found in the series Site development - N Site and N15 project files (N15), Site development - Tunnel project files (N15), and Site development - West Campus project files (N15 and MDL). More information about the construction management of the Magnet Development Lab can be found in the series Construction management - Magnet Development Lab. Visual documentation of construction of a number of facilities can be found in the series Photographs. Summary documentation of the TNRLC involvement with the construction process can be found in the series Commission meetings.

Size of the files totals about 2 cubic ft.

Purpose:
This series contains specifications prepared by the general contractor for subcontracting the construction of parts of the Magnet Development Laboratory and several components of the N15 section of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site.

Agency program:
The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNRLC) was created in 1985 by the 69th Legislature, Senate Bill 1169. The Commission was initially created to prepare one or more proposals for siting the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Texas. The SSC was a super collider high-energy research facility sponsored and authorized by the United States government as part of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Department of Energy selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area site, in Ellis County, for the location of the SSC in January 1989. The role of the Commission changed from securing the site to overseeing the state's responsibilities in the SSC project. In 1990, the Commission initiated a land acquisition program to acquire clear title to about 16,550 acres in Ellis County. Other programs begun were a Regulatory Management Program, to facilitate acquisition of required permits for constructing and operating the super collider; a Research and Development program designed to support research programs at the site and at universities and laboratories throughout the world, and to heighten the importance of science education; and a Site Development program, to coordinate planning and review during construction of the super collider, facilitate the infrastructure needs of the SSC project, including utilities and transportation, and to develop measures to mitigate impacts on the site region.

Congress appropriated $268 million for the SSC in FY90, including initial funds for construction. In January 1989 the DOE contracted with a non-profit group, Universities Research Association, to manage and operate the construction and scientific programs of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL). The SSCL carried out DOE contract activities at the SSC site with DOE maintaining oversight. The TNRLC maintained a close working relationship with the Department of Energy and the SSCL while carrying out the state's responsibilities.

The TNRLC was involved with the construction activities in varying degrees. The DOE and SSCL were primarily responsible for construction of surface and underground facilities for the SSC project. The TNRLC was responsible for the reconstruction in 1991 of a large warehouse into the Central Facility, where the offices, lab, and storage spaces for the SSCL were located. However, the main construction focus of the TNRLC was to provide oversight of state-supported general construction programs for the SSC. The staff coordinated planning and review activities with the DOE during the design and construction of the surface and underground lab facilities. The staff also reviewed and evaluated engineering design and construction plans, and monitored on-site construction activities to ensure an efficient and coordinated approach to construction and site development, as well as the cost-effective use of state funds.

The final environmental impact statement was approved by the DOE in 1991. It was determined by the DOE that the SSC would have no significant environmental impact on Ellis County. The Magnet Development Laboratory was then completed and employees began working at the site. Congress appropriated $483.7 million for the project for federal fiscal year 1992. The baseline cost for completion of the SSC was established by the DOE at $8.249 billion, which included the $1 billion Texas contribution, $5.9 billion from the federal government, and the balance from other sources, primarily foreign investments.

The Superconducting Super Collider was never finished. In October 1993, the U. S. Congress discontinued federal funding for the construction of the SSC and appropriated $640 million in FY94 for the termination of the project. Terms of the state-federal settlement included cash payments of $210 million, transfers of federally-owned personal and real property, and restoration of the site. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission ceased operations during the 1996-1997 biennium.
(Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Chapter 465)

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Indexes or finding aids required for/or an aid to access? No

Gaps: None known

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Known related records in other agencies:
Additional records concerning design specifications and construction can be found in the records of the U. S. Department of Energy, Superconducting Super Collider Project Office, Record Group 434, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Previous destructions:
Destruction requests on file in the Archives and Information Services Division of the Library and Archives Commission were checked for the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission and none were found for this series or for equivalent or related series.

Publications based on records: None

Series data from agency schedule:
Title: Construction management - PB/MK space program
Series item number: 5.2.002
Agency item number: 151
Archival code: A
Retention: AC+10

Appraisal decision:
This series contains primarily specifications prepared by the general contractor for subcontracting the construction of parts of the Magnet Development Laboratory and several components of the N15 section of the SSC site. These records supplement records found in several of the site development project files. Several of these projects concern infrastructure and site development needs for the N15 site. These files, when added to the other project files, help to provide documentation on the overall site and TNRLC's responsibilities with the site development and construction management context. Because of the connection of these records with other project files, this series be appraised to be archival.

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