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The State News – US officials commit more funding to FRIB project

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The State News – US officials commit more funding to FRIB project

By Andrew Krietz | 25 April 2012

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, was thrown a $40 million lifeline in the search for funding to push the project forward at MSU.

The U.S. House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee released its funding bill Wednesday and recommends $40 million for the project. This is an $18 million increase from President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal that recommended $22 million, which was released in February.

Officials originally stipulated $55 million in committed funding from the Department of Energy for this phase of the about $600 million project to begin its construction. However, the phase must first be approved in a federal review, which is taking place this week, to begin its construction.

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