For our Illinois neighbors

We think it is important to keep our neighbors informed about the construction of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date information, we have set up this website about LBNF and DUNE and post answers to frequently asked questions. We also frequently present updates on LBNF and DUNE to the Fermilab Community Advisory Board, which meets on the Fermilab site in Batavia, Illinois. In addition, we encourage our neighbors to subscribe to our free monthly newsletter Fermilab Frontiers.

Groundbreaking for the Illinois portion of LBNF took place on Nov. 14, 2019. Our presentations on LBNF and DUNE to the Fermilab Community Advisory Board provide additional information about the project to our neighbors. Read about the work that was done at Fermilab in 2020 as part of the pre-construction prep work for the project. Here are photos of the prep work.

Further site prep work will take place between Nov. 2023 and March 2024. Excavation work for the new research facility at Fermilab is expected to begin in the fall of 2025. Excavation of the caverns in South Dakota is in full swing.

We welcome your questions and comments:

At Fermilab

Kurt Riesselmann

phone +1 630-840-3351

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Environmental assessment

With the help of a number of technical experts, including independent consultants assisted by Fermilab and Sanford Lab staff, the U.S. Department of Energy prepared an environmental assessment to determine what impacts LBNF and DUNE construction and operation might have on human health and environment.

Public meetings were held on June 17, 2015 in Lead, South Dakota, June 18, 2015 in Rapid City, South Dakota, and June 24, 2015 in Batavia, Illinois.

For more information on the environment assessment, please visit this webpage.