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Location Dispute Freezes Arctic Facility

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Science  08 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5365, pp. 820
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5365.820

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The Polar Cap Observatory (PCO), a $25 million radar facility that would study the impact of the sun on Earth's upper atmosphere from a site near the geomagnetic North Pole, is being held up by a powerful Alaskan senator unhappy about building a major U.S. research facility on Canadian soil. This week, after twice failing to win money for PCO in its current budget, National Science Foundation officials urged a Senate spending panel to fund PCO in the 1999 budget, which begins on 1 October.