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New lab for WSU Tri-Cities

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RICHLAND, Wash.—WSU Tri-Cities will soon have a new engineering lab.  Friday, EnergySolutions spoke with the college community about their award for a Hanford subcontract to build a facility.

The new lab will be used to test the Hanford vitrification plant's waste-mixing system.  The $2.5-million building will be on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.  Once testing wraps up, it will be donated to the college.

"WSU Tri-Cities has an excellent program.  It's in close proximity to where a lot of ground breaking work is being performed," says Val Christensen, EnergySolutions CEO.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in three weeks and the lab will open in 2012. Research, engineering scholarships and internships will be offered to WSU Tri-Cities students.