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PNNL Opens New Labs

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Richland, WA- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says its new labs in the Tri-Cities represent the future of PNNL.

 More than 300 people will work inside the Biological Sciences Facility and the Computational Sciences Facility.  The labs are next to each other on the PNNL campus in Richland.

 The facilities replace the cold-war era buildings on Hanford's 300 Area where PNNL scientists did much of their work.

 Congressman Doc Hastings says the labs will fill an economic void once the Hanford clean-up is complete. "I think PNNL is going to be an integral part of that journey," Hastings says, "and certainly the dedication of these two facilities points that out."

Work inside the labs will include biological research for the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institutes of Health. Scientists will also develop computer hardware to organize, analyze and interpret the data collected in scientific research.