FRIB Construction to Move Forward

By: News 10
By: News 10

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University will move forward.

The U.S. Dept. of Energy on Thursday approved two key measures that essentially give the green light for construction on the FRIB to begin. Those measures include the $730 million cost, the construction timeline, and the materials for the project.

The Dept. of Energy will provide $635.5 million; MSU will provide $94.5 million.

The last step is for Congress to appropriate the money for the FRIB in the 2014 budget, something Sen. Carl Levin (D) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) will be lobbying for.

"Now that we've cleared this important step, we'll work hard to ensure Congress fulfills its role and makes the funding available to complete this important project," said Sen. Levin in a statement.

"This state-of-the-art MSU facility is critical to Michigan and the entire country, and will create thousands of jobs in our state," Sen. Stabenow said in a statement.

The FRIB is expected to create nearly 6,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs. It's projected to pump a billion dollars into the local economy, generate around $180 million in tax revenue over 20 years, and draw some of the brightest physics minds in the world to MSU.

The FRIB is slated to open by 2022.

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