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PNNL to receive $124 million in Recovery Act funding

Funds are part of $1.2 billion from Recovery Act to be disbursed by Department of Energy’s Office of Science

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March 23, 2009 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science will send $124 million to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for capital investments and upgrades as part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The funds are part of $1.2 billion announced by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today from funding allocated under the Recovery Act to DOE’s Office of Science. The funds will support an array of Office of Science-sponsored construction, laboratory infrastructure, and research projects across the nation. The Secretary made the announcement during a visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, NY.

“Leadership in science remains vital to America’s economic prosperity, energy security, and global competitiveness,” said Secretary Chu. “These projects not only provide critically needed short-term economic relief but also represent a strategic investment in our nation’s future. They will create thousands of jobs and breathe new life into many local economies, while helping to accelerate new technology development, renew our scientific and engineering workforce, and modernize our nation’s scientific infrastructure.”

Specifically, PNNL will receive $124 million for capital upgrades and instrumentation for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, and for energy conservation projects on the PNNL campus in Richland.

The PNNL allocation is part of $1.2 billion that Secretary Chu announced is being disbursed now in the first installment of a total of $1.6 billion allocated to DOE’s Office of Science by Congress under the Recovery Act legislation. Officials are working on details remaining to enable approval and release of the balance of $371 million.

The Office of Science funding will be used as follows:

  • $60 million to accelerate planned capital investments for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. EMSL is a DOE national scientific user facility that addresses complex environmental and other scientific challenges, and has served scientific users from academia, industry and other national laboratories representing all 50 states and nearly 30 countries since it opened in 1997.
  • $60 million in capital upgrades for ARM’s Climate Research Facility, another DOE national scientific user facility. The money will be used to improve and expand observational capabilities related to cloud and aerosol properties in efforts to define the role aerosols have in affecting regional climate and atmospheric circulation.
  • $4 million in energy equipment upgrades and improvements in three PNNL facilities.

In addition to the funding from the Office of Science, PNNL has submitted proposals for ARRA funding to other DOE program offices and other federal agencies that support research at PNNL.

DOE’s news release is available at

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, EMSL, Operations, Climate Science, Aerosols, Facilities

The ARM Climate Research Facility is a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research program. It includes highly-instrumented ground stations around the world, plus mobile and aerial facilities for studying cloud and aerosol formation processes and their influence on climate change. PNNL leads the overall technical direction for this global research capability.

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