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Energy Secretary Designates F-RIB As A ‘User Facility’

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Kevin Lavery
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette visited the Facility For Rare Isotope Beams (F-RIB) at Michigan State University Tuesday to designate the site as a "user facility."

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University has reached another milestone on its journey towards completion. 


“F-RIB,” as it’s commonly known, has been designated as a user facility by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

That means researchers from around the world will have access to the giant particle accelerator that will produce rare isotopes not otherwise found in nature.

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette visited the F-RIB site Tuesday to make the announcement.

He says the work done at MSU will apply to many different fields, including medicine.

“The impact on the health of America; the health of the world, frankly, is going to depend on the work that’s being done right here,” Brouillette says.  “And I don’t know of a more exciting announcement that we could make today within the Department of Energy.”

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is slated to be completed by June 2022.

It’s expected to generate more than $4 billion for Michigan’s economy.

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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