PNNL Director Steven Ashby, right, greets Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., in the hallway of the new 24,000-square-foot Discovery Hall during the April dedication ceremony of the new $9.8 million building at the Richland research facility.
PNNL Director Steven Ashby, right, greets Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., in the hallway of the new 24,000-square-foot Discovery Hall during the April dedication ceremony of the new $9.8 million building at the Richland research facility. Tri-City Herald file
PNNL Director Steven Ashby, right, greets Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., in the hallway of the new 24,000-square-foot Discovery Hall during the April dedication ceremony of the new $9.8 million building at the Richland research facility. Tri-City Herald file

Senior staff writer Annette Cary covers Hanford, energy, the environment and science for the Tri-City Herald. She’s been a news reporter for more than 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.