Idaho National Laboratory
10:50 am
Fri March 28, 2014

INL Contractor Gets 5-Year Extension

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Battelle Energy Alliance has received a five-year extension on its 10-year contract to operate the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

Battelle Energy Alliance began running the facility in early 2005 and will now operate the laboratory through Sept. 30, 2019.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the contract extension Thursday.

The agency says it extended the contract because of BEA's consistently strong annual performances.

The INL is one of the Energy Department's 10 national laboratories and a major employer in eastern Idaho.

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Nuclear Energy
8:26 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Idaho Governor Creates LINE 2.0

Idaho National Lab.
Credit INL

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.

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7:34 am
Tue February 5, 2013

How Long Will Nuclear Research Power Idaho's Desert Communities?

Employees at the Idaho National Lab work on a nuclear reactor.
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The Idaho National Lab (INL) is the nation’s lead nuclear research laboratory. It’s also an economic engine for eastern Idaho. There are fears that with big federal spending cuts - the INL could lose it’s ‘national lab’ designation or be closed altogether.

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9:59 am
Fri January 25, 2013

LINE Commission To Deliver Recommendations Next Week

Credit Courtesy of Donald Wall

A year ago, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter created a task force to examine ways to examining the future of nuclear energy in the state.

The Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission, more commonly known as the LINE Commission, released an initial list of recommendations in early December.  Next week, the group will make public its final recommendations. 

On Morning Edition Friday, we spoke with EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz for a preview. 

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Nuclear Energy
10:09 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Public Comment On The Future Of Nuclear Energy In Idaho Closes Friday

The Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at Idaho National Laboratory.
Credit INL

Friday is the final day Idaho residents can comment on initial recommendations made by the governor’s Leadership In Nuclear Energy Commission.

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter convened the group to study the future of nuclear energy in the state. The commission released more than 60 recommendations a month ago.

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12:37 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Investigators Search For Source Of Radioactive Particles On INL Grounds

Investigators at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho say they should have initial results by midweek on how radioactive particles got outside.

Cobalt, Cesium, and Europium are the radioactive materials investigators have found on the INL grounds. Workers with radiation detectors continue to comb the facility, the employees, and any vehicles leaving the site.

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