Catch YouTube Video on Hanford's Research Technology Lab History
For anyone with an interest in Hanford and Cold War history, you will need to view on YouTube this October 19, 2018 symposium on the history of the Research Technology Laboratory (RTL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at the US Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Central Washington. Link to the 1 hour and 36 minute video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m4Giak7EBc&feature=youtu.be
The symposium was hosted by the PNNL which brought together a distinguished panel of historians, an architectural historian, the Hanford Site Manager for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and PNNL staff to speak about the historic and architectural significance of the RTL. These excellent presentations describe the important research into nuclear energy diversification that took place in RTL's Building 520 that was directly linked to key events during the Cold War. It also becomes clear that work at the RTL not only had global impact but helped transform the Tri-Cities to become the thriving metropolitan area that it is today.
In 2017, Building 520 at RTL was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The October 19 symposium at the PNNL campus near Richland was presented in part as mitigation for the demolition of the building earlier this year.