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Steve Unwin

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Nuclear-generated electricity produces benefits beyond keeping our homes warm, lights on, and cell phones charged. The federal government estimates use of carbon-free nuclear energy in America avoids some 650 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory understands nuclear power and its many environmental, energy, and economic benefits. We apply and leverage our expertise, built over several decades, to help facilitate the design of new reactors, safely extend the lives of existing reactors, and develop processes for recycling, safe storage, transportation and disposal of used nuclear fuel. A combination of S&T expertise, a unique Hanford history, and highly equipped facilities - such as the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, a Category 2 Nuclear Facility - allow us to bring substantial resources to helping solve the nation's nuclear energy challenges.

By serving the Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the nuclear power industry, we ensure that our expertise and research assets are having tangible impact on U.S. energy security.

  • Ramprashad Prabhakaran

    Prabhakaran Wins Best Poster Award for Nuclear Materials Research

    Ramprashad Prabhakaran's poster was selected for the Structral Materials Division Best Poster award at the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) February meeting.

  • Michele Conroy

    Conroy Chosen as Finalist in "Science as Art" Competition

    Scientist Michele Conroy was selected as a finalist in a "Science as Art" competition. Conroy was chosen for capturing an image of platinum breaking free from its constraints to form spherical sculptures during neutron irradiation. As one of the 50 finalists, Conroy's image will be included in the art competition at the 2017 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

  • PNNL Team Recognized for Role in High-Profile Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Facilities

    PNNL Team Recognized for Role in High-Profile Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Facilities

    A PNNL team led by Tara O'Neil was recognized for their support of sustainable management of nuclear waste. DOE's Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Andy Griffith wrote to the PNNL team, thanking them for the work they performed that allowed DOE to complete an important report.

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