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The USGS has signed a Memorandum for Cooperative Agreement with the Colorado School of Mines for the design of the upcoming energy and minerals research facility that will be built on the Colorado School of Mines campus.  

The Memorandum for Cooperative Agreement covers Phase 1 of the project, focusing on the design of the new facility. A total of $6.1 million has been provided for the design work. Phase I of the project is scheduled for 16 weeks. 

The energy and minerals research facility was announced by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has allocated $167 million for the facility. 

This new facility will house USGS energy and mineral research scientists and allow them to work alongside the university’s geoscience and energy professors. This colocation will provide the opportunity to establish a center of excellence in minerals and energy that will leverage USGS science, support the development of STEM talent by engaging students, help expand the diversity of the USGS workforce and position the U.S. to continue to be a leader in mineral and energy research. 

More information on the new facility can be found here. The USGS Spend Plan for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be found here.  

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