Washington state’s U.S. senators commemorated the 50th anniversary of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland with remarks submitted to the Senate record on Monday.
“For the past 50 years, PNNL has served as the Department of Energy’s premier chemistry, environmental sciences and data analytics national laboratory and has tackled some of our nation’s most complex and urgent challenges,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
She has worked with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to make sure their colleagues and those in the White House and other federal agencies understand the important research the lab’s staff conducts and the significant contribution the lab makes to the Tri-City economy, Murray said. It is the Tri-Cities largest employer.
“PNNL’s commitment to commercialization and technology transfer has brought research out of the laboratory and into the real world, further bolstering PNNL’s reputation as a national scientific leader and support Washington state’s economy,” Cantwell said.
The laboratory is addressing the nation’s energy demands with research on climate change, advanced biofuels and the electric grid, she said.