Last Thursday the senate showed bipartisan support for The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S 2461). The bill is an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S 2012) and could remain active even if the larger bill is rejected. Idaho legislature played a vital role in getting the bill to where it is today. The bill will enable the Department of Energy to work with and to prioritize research from the private sector.
This is great news for Idaho. The Idaho National Laboratory has long been a pioneer of nuclear innovation since its inception. Idaho is arleady home to many technological firsts. For example, the first nuclear reactor to produce usable electricity and the first Navy reactor prototypes were both designed and developed at DOE's INL site. This new legislature would allow the lab to further advance nuclear technology in ways that would benefit the region, the environment, and the world. For more information please click the link below.