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Pacific Northwest National Labs gets New Funding

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is getting more funding for Homeland Security research.

The U.S. Senate has approved $82 million in Homeland Security funding, $82 million that PNNL can now bid for new research.

The funding is aimed at helping support new explosive detection research and development at labs like PNNL.

Democratic Washington Senator Maria Cantwell added the funding to the bill after the foiled plot to hijack and blow up U.S. bound airliners in England.

Cantwell says the bill will help maintain cutting edge research at PNNL.

"To make sure that people weren't carrying on easy devices that they could deploy. So, the technology that the lab's been doing here is something we want to continue to make sure that it has the resources it needs," she said.

Another bill was also passed in Congress.

Washington Congressman Doc Hastings helped push $2 million in funding for new research facilities that may replace those in Hanford's 300-Area if the area is demolished.