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New laboratory in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A long awaited partnership between EnergySolutions and WSU Tri-Cities took a big step forward Wednesday.

Dozens of people showed up to get a first look at the new 13,000 square foot facility. It's a partnership between EnergySolutions, NuVision Engineering and WSU Tri-Cities. The building is being donated to the university then will be leased back to EnergySolutions for testing activities.

"We will be doing testing of high level waste, treatment technologies and other radioactive things using surrogates to make sure that the facility will operate to the standards that the Department of Ecology expects," said Alan Parker of EnergySolutions.

"It's a great opportunity for our students to work in a real world environment, it's a great opportunity for our faculty to be able to work alongside folks who are doing things that are very meaningful in the community," said WSU Tri-Cities Interim Chancellor Dick Pratt.

Testing equipment will be installed over the next six months and the facility is expected to be fully operational by next summer.