IDAHO FALLS — Bonneville County approved the creation of the College of Eastern Idaho after Tuesday's voting. Voters more than covered the two-thirds margin required to pass the measure to create a community college district. According to the Spokesman-Review this means that what is currently Eastern Idaho Technical College can now be converted into the new community college and expand it's enrollment options. Additionaly, the new CEI will now qualify for the $5 million in startup funding that lawmakers had already approved several years ago. Learn more about the election results and events leading up to it here.
PST President Stephanie Walsh wrote a CEI Op-Ed in support of turning EITC into a community college. Voting will occur on May 16. To learn more about the topic click here and here and join us Saturday morning May 13. We will be on the greenbelt across from the post office. There will be live music, face painting and lots of fun for the whole family. We hope to see everyone there!
IDAHO FALLS — Our most recent Up n’ Atom Breakfast was held Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Residence Inn and was sponsored by Walsh Engineering. Fluor Idaho President Fred Hughes talked about Fluors progress with the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) since taking over the core contract in June 2016. He also spoke in detail about his plans for achieving ICP milestones such as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) shipments, dry storage configuration, the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance at Innovative Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC), cap design for the Sub-surface Disposal Area and also the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC).
Among the many things Fred touched on was the success that Fluor ID has had with reaching milestones and integrating AMWTP with separate ICP projects that were previously handled by separate contractors. He also spoke of WIPP and how their reactivation might impact and benefit ICP. Fred also spoke about the four-phase approach he has planned for IWTU. Fluor ID first approached the IWTU project by assessing system limitations based on previous simulant runs. Problematic units such as the auger-grinder were identified and more efficient mechanisms were engineered. Currently they are on phase II of their four-phase approach.
Thank you to all that attended our Up n’ Atom Breakfast. We hope you enjoyed it and learned more about ICP and how its success benefits our community, Idaho and our nation. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next Up n’ Atom Breakfast.
BOISE — according to the Post Register, a hearing was held on Monday by the Idaho House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee. The committee met to discuss bringing more research fuel into Idaho. Efforts to do so have been halted due to stipulations in the 1995 settlement agreement. Rep. Neil Anderson, R-Blackfoot, brought up one of the agreements main caveats was to maintain the viability of INL's nuclear capabilities. INL has had to find ways to work around the issue of not being permitted to bring new fuel into the state wherever possible. However, the settlement agreement has already caused Idaho to lose research opportunities. For example, just last year, a shipment meant for Idaho was not accepted per the agreement so it went to Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory instead. One suggestion brought up that could honor the original intent of the agreement without denying Idahoans research opportunities was to further separate the research side of the lab from the Idaho Clean Up Project. To learn more about Monday's hearing click here.
Joint letter from Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) and Idaho congressional delegation urges DOE to prioritize DOE-ID
Policitalnews.me reports a joint effort by Senator Jim Risch and the Idaho congressional delegation to get DOE to prioritize waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP). WIPP is now operating after having been closed for almost three years. You can read the full article as well as the letter to DOE here.
You're invited to the February Up n' Atom Breakfast! Join us at the Residence Inn located at 635 West Broadway, Idaho Falls. The event will take place Feb. 21, from 7:30-9 a.m.
Fluor Idaho President, Fred Hughes will introduce himself and explain Fluor's ICP mission. Come meet Fred and learn more about the progress Fluor has made since being awarded the new ICP contract back in June 2016. RSVP by emailing Corinne Dionisio at email@example.com
Dear community members,
We’re inviting all community members to submit nominees for this year’s Energy Advocate Awards. Each year the Partnership for Science & Technology recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to enhancing energy availability or science/technology education. The awards dinner, which will be in the spring, is a pinnacle annual outreach event for PST.
This year’s nomination criteria and categories are below. Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24.
General Criteria for All Nominations
Nominees will be evaluated based on how closely their contributions align with PST’s mission to independently examine and promote responsible energy technologies and environmental stewardship to benefit Idaho and the region.
Nominees may be an individual, agency or organization.
Nomination submissions should include the nominee’s name, affiliation, city of work or residence, nominator’s name and nominator’s contact information. In 100 to 500 words, explain the nominee’s contribution and how it meets the general and specific nomination criteria.
Specific Criteria for Each Nomination Category
Science and Technology Educator Award The Science and Technology Educator Award acknowledges outstanding efforts to educate and empower our future leaders and community members.
Science and Technology Innovator Award The Science and Technology Innovator Award recognizes future leadership potential by celebrating an early-career contribution to energy, science or technology.
Regional Energy Advocate Award The Regional Energy Advocate Award acknowledges an outstanding contribution to the region’s energy options or public energy discourse.
National Energy Advocate Award The PST Board of Directors will select a National Energy Advocate Award winner to celebrate an outstanding national contribution that is consistent with PST’s mission to advocate for responsible advancement of energy, technology and/or environmental stewardship.