H.R. 4376 authorizes appropriations for updates to and construction of major user facilities at the Department of Energy (DOE) national labs. Specifically, the bill requires the Secretary of Energy to provide a facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The bill authorizes $141 million in FY 2018 and no more than $265 million in any fiscal year.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Feb 13, 2018.
Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018
(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to: (1) provide for the upgrade to the Advanced Light Source described in the publication titled "Report on Facility Upgrades" approved by the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee on June 9, 2016, and (2) ensure that the start of full operations for such upgrade occurs by December 31, 2026.
(Sec. 3) DOE shall: (1) provide for the upgrade to the Linac Coherent Light Source II facility as described in such publication, and (2) ensure that the start of full operations for such upgrade occurs by December 31, 2025.
(Sec. 4) DOE shall: (1) provide for a Facility for Rare Isotope Beams to advance the understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos, and (2) ensure that the start of full operations for such facility occurs by June 30, 2022, with early operations beginning in 2018.