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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Mulls Second, Oakland Location

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A view outside the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (US Dept. of Energy)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland city officials say they have a “shovel-ready” site for the proposed expansion of the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The Brooklyn Slough is just south of the Jack London Aquatic Center.

”It has its approvals from all of the city, regional and state agencies and it’s basically ready to go,” said Mike Ghielmetti, who is with the development group helping with Oakland’s bid. “So in terms of incentives for the lab, there’s more certainty, and a quicker timeframe for them to get up and running and build their world class campus.”

The Oakland location is just one of six spots that lab leaders have identified. Other locations include an Albany quarry, an empty parcel of land in Richmond, and another site in Berkeley.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:


Each city is taking turns in pitching their location. Oakland’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday night.

Which ever city does win the bid will be guaranteed thousands of new jobs, along with the prestige of having a prominent research lab in town. The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab does not work on nuclear weapons research like it’s counterpart in Livermore.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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