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PNNL introduces new buildings

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- State of the art technology used in energy testing, radiation monitoring, and locating weapons of mass destruction will be used in new $300,000,000 facilities.

A large number of workers and supporters attended the celebration of the Capability Replacement Laboratory Project being completed. The new buildings will house 750 workers. The project started in 2008 and includes seven new buildings and four renovated buildings. The staff is impressed with the new facilities.

"The electron microscopes we have in here, one of the labs you can go into, are much quieter in the sense of an acoustic vibration and electromagnetic quietness that we didn't have in the 300 area," says PNNL employee Chuck Henager.

PNNL Director Mike Kluse says the buildings are good for employees, "this brings together staff from many different disciplines so they're able to work side by side."

The new facility will replace office space in Hanford's 300 area that had to be evacuated for environmental cleanup.

With the move, P.N.N.L. leaders hope to maintain and grow programs funded by several federal agencies in national security, energy, and science.