LINE Commission

Idaho Governor Creates LINE 2.0

Mar 7, 2013
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.

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.  

Idaho National Lab

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.

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. 

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.