Idaho National Laboratory http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Workers Sue DOE Over Public Records Law http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-workers-sue-doe-over-public-records-law <p>Two workers at the Idaho National Laboratory are suing the U.S. Department of Energy under the Freedom of Information Act because they say they were wrongly denied documentation about an accident in which they were exposed to plutonium.</p><p>Brian Simmons and Ralph Stanton were among several workers packaging plutonium reactor fuel plates at the Idaho facility when they were exposed to radiation in 2011. Earlier this year they filed a public records request asking the U.S. Department of Energy for documentation relating to the accidental exposure, including security video of the event.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:06:32 +0000 Associated Press 32549 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Workers Sue DOE Over Public Records Law How The Idaho National Lab Prepares For Wildfire Season http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-idaho-national-lab-prepares-wildfire-season <p>Fire fighters at the Idaho National Laboratory are preparing for an intense wildfire season. Under the U.S. Department of Energy, the INL has its own fire department.</p><p>Eric Gosswiller is the site’s fire chief. He says a lack of snowpack in eastern Idaho means his department needs to be ready for fires. But he says that’s something his department has gotten used to.</p><p>“Down here at the high desert at the INL – we kind of have the potential for significant fires every year,” says Gosswiller.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 17:04:09 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 25800 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How The Idaho National Lab Prepares For Wildfire Season Idaho Governor Creates LINE 2.0 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-creates-line-20 <p>Idaho’s Governor created a permanent commission Wednesday to help protect the nuclear industry in Idaho. This was one of several recommendations made by a five member panel known as the Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:26:59 +0000 Aaron Kunz 22073 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Creates LINE 2.0 Nuclear Watchdog Group Skeptical About Commerical Waste Benefits http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/nuclear-watchdog-group-skeptical-about-commerical-waste-benefits <p>A nuclear watchdog group says it’s skeptical about a new set of recommendations that could result in more nuclear waste coming into Idaho.</p><p>On Tuesday Liz Woodruff, a spokeswoman with the Snake River Alliance, issued the group’s first reaction to Monday’s draft proposal from a task force on nuclear energy. It calls for the reconsideration of a 1995 agreement with the federal government that caps the amount of nuclear waste that can enter Idaho.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:18:08 +0000 Aaron Kunz 17589 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Nuclear Watchdog Group Skeptical About Commerical Waste Benefits Gov. Otter: No Secret Nuclear Waste Scheme http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-no-secret-nuclear-waste-scheme <p>An alleged &ldquo;secret scheme&rdquo; to allow more nuclear waste into Idaho is at the center of a squabble between current and past governors.&nbsp;</p><p>Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus (D) wrote in an op-ed Sunday he believes state and Idaho National Laboratory officials want to &ldquo;revise&rdquo; a 1995 agreement.&nbsp; That agreement requires the federal government to remove all nuclear waste from INL by 2035.&nbsp; Andrus said revisions would extend the deadline by fifteen years, and open Idaho&rsquo;s borders to 3,000 metric tons of commercial spent nuclear fuel.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:55:13 +0000 6873 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter: No Secret Nuclear Waste Scheme Ongoing INL Accidents Lead To Work Stoppage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ongoing-inl-accidents-lead-work-stoppage <p><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">Updated Monday, April 23, 2012:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="https://inlportal.inl.gov/portal/server.pt/community/home/255" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " target="_blank">Idaho National Laboratory</a><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;susp Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:33:39 +0000 4714 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ongoing INL Accidents Lead To Work Stoppage INL Roof Fire Quenched http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/inl-roof-fire-quenched <p>A small fire at the Idaho National Laboratory flared up Monday afternoon on the roof of a building at the lab&rsquo;s Materials and Fuels Complex.&nbsp; The fire was put out with no injuries.&nbsp; INL spokesman Ethan Huffman believes welding work sparked the blaze. &quot;The particular building that had the fire involved in it did not house radioactive materials.&nbsp; It housed standard offices, conference rooms, the cafeteria.&quot;&nbsp; Huffman says there is no danger or risk to the public.&nbsp; He characterizes it as a minor fire.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:03:40 +0000 4246 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org INL Roof Fire Quenched