Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials

Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials

The Partnership for Science & Technology (PST) submitted the following comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials. PST is an Eastern Idaho-based nonprofit organization advocating for the advancement of science, energy and environmental initiatives that are in the public interest.

PST has fully supported the mission of transient testing, knowing that this work is vital to improving current and future nuclear power plant performance and sustainability and therefore America’s energy future. Because of our proximity to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Eastern Idaho communities have a long history of supporting the peaceful uses of atomic energy, and our members and stakeholders understand its potential as a source of clean sustainable energy. We believe that the set of criteria developed by the Department of Energy to identify reasonable alternatives to resume full-scale testing are both appropriate and thorough. The PST would like to go on record in supporting restarting the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) because the Idaho National Laboratory already has the necessary facilities giving consideration to economic, environmental and technical factors. These unique capabilities represent a substantial financial investment on the part of American taxpayers. Hot cells for test assembly, disassembly and examination Availability of the Advanced Test Reactor Location and availability of TREAT Reactor Transportation on public highways is not an issue.

The fact that the INL is the nation’s lead nuclear energy laboratory should be a significant factor when siting any nuclear energy R&D projects. We appreciate the opportunity to provide input and look forward to the final report.

Sincerely

Lane Allgood, Executive Director

Partnership for Science and Technology

Posted on December 31, 2013 .