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Energy Department taps Idaho as reactor innovation center

August 16, 2019

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a program to develop advanced nuclear energy technologies that will be based at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho.

The Post Register reports that the federal agency announced the National Reactor Innovation Center on Wednesday.

The Energy Department says the program is intended to offer private businesses the support they need to test and demonstrate reactor concepts using the Energy Department’s national laboratory system.

The federal agency said the program will increase the pace for licensing new nuclear energy systems.

U.S. Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho says the program will help the INL remain the leading place for the development of the nuclear industry in the U.S. and the world.

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Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com

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