INL Celebrates the Opening of Newest Building

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Updated: 4/22/2014 6:55 pm

The Idaho National Laboratory continues to transform itself.
Today they celebrated the opening of a new Energy Innovation Lab which will
give researchers 148-thousand square feet of working space.

In a room packed with dignitaries, INL officials explained
the benefits of their newest facility but none of this would have been possibly
if not for a politically polarizing act a few years ago.

“Congressionally directed spending,” started Congressman

“Earmarks,” interrupted Governor Otter.

“Otherwise known as an earmark,” continued Simpson. “That
built the utility corridor. This was a farmer’s field and we put the utility corridor
in there.  That allowed us to build these
new buildings.”

The Energy Innovation Lab completes a new technology
corridor that is designed to bring university, industry and national partnerships
together to develop the advancements of tomorrow.

“We really want this facility and this lab to be open for
business,” said David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “Over
the next three years, we would like to see twice as many companies coming in

Housed within the walls of this massive structure are 127
flexible units which can be modified to meet demand. The complex also includes
a 275-seat meeting area which they put to use during the dedication ceremony.

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