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.