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Laboratory receives third 'Outstanding' rating

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For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office awarded Battelle the highest possible rating for its operation of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The "Outstanding" rating was based on Battelle's performance in three main areas—scientific and technical excellence, operational excellence, and leadership and management.

"Since 1965, PNNL has used experience, innovation and forward thinking to create one of the premier multi-purpose national laboratories in the nation," said Keith Klein, manager of DOE's Richland Operations Office. "Whether it's leading edge molecular and cellular biology research, earth systems science, or computer science and information technology, PNNL continues to prove itself as a leader in basic science and quality research and development."

Going deep for research

When it comes to gathering unique information to address environmental issues, five of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's researchers are all wet.

Pacific Northwest's scientific dive team collects valuable information about the marine environment that simply is not available in any other way. For example, they use underwater videography and hydroacoustics to study fish behavior and conduct population assessments.

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Their research plays a significant role in mitigating negative impacts to underwater life and the marine environment caused by human developments such as water structures, ferry and boat traffic and outfalls near the shore.

Located at the Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Wash., the dive team uses underwater surveys and habitat assessments in restoration and monitoring programs. These tools were essential to award-winning research on eelgrass, underwater vegetation that provides habitat for sea life.

In addition to being accomplished divers, team members are fisheries biologists, toxicologists and marine and environmental scientists. They are specially trained in underwater survey techniques, underwater video and photography and identifying marine biological resources.

A click away from new technologies

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Looking to bring a new technology to the market or to form commercial partnerships around a new technology? Check out Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's updated list of technologies available for licensing or commercialization at

This online resource features technologies in areas such as advanced materials, chemicals, consumer products, energy and transportation, environment, food and agriculture, instrumentation and methods, medical, nuclear and radiation and information technology.

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