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Feds offer $1 billion cleanup contract at INL

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials this week are meeting with companies interested in a $1 billion contract to clean up radioactive waste at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility. The Post Register reports (http://www.postregister.com/node/64730) that the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Cleanup Project Core is a five-year contract that also includes watching over spent nuclear fuel at the Idaho National Laboratory. Events planned this week include an overview conference Monday, a site tour Tuesday, and one-on-one sessions Wednesday. Three other cleanup contracts worth far less will also advance in the coming months. Currently, two companies with contracts that expire Sept. 30, 2015, handle cleanup tasks. But the Department of Energy plans to split those duties four ways with contracts of five to nine years.

Labrador to tour INL, where budget cuts he backed threatened thousands of jobs

1st District Rep. Raul Labrador is headed into what could be hostile territory next week – Idaho Falls and the Idaho National Laboratory, a huge employer in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. Labrador twice voted to gut the national nuclear research funding that operates the facility, potentially threatening thousands of jobs at the INL. He’s scheduled to tour the place next week and to address the Rotary Club in nearby Idaho Falls.

“We’ve been trying to do it for months,” Labrador said, but scheduling conflicts put the visit off until now. “They know they’re going to get a frank discussion with me, that I don’t mince my words and I don’t beat around the bush,” he said. “I understand the importance of INL to Idaho, but they also need to understand we have a $17 trillion debt, so we’re going to have a very interesting conversation.”

Current, former governors clash over nuke waste; all say stick with ‘95 pact

In the past few days, three Idaho governors - former Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt and current Gov. Butch Otter - have published guest opinions in the Idaho Statesman newspaper with strongly worded messages about potential changes in the nuclear waste agreement Batt famously negotiated with the feds, guaranteeing that Idaho won't become the nation's future nuke waste repository. Today, Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker sorts through the charges; you can read his full report here. The upshot: Both Andrus and Batt are urging Otter to stick with the 1995 agreement, and despite possible changes outlined by current INL Director John Grossenbacher, Otter is pledging that he will.
  

CAES researchers win $5.3 million in DOE grants

Researchers at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a partnership between Idaho's three public research universities and the Idaho National Laboratory, have won three different U.S. Department of Energy grants worth a total of $5.3 million. The three are for solar energy, geothermal energy and energy efficiency, and include researchers from Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and the INL. CAES Director Bill Rogers said, “Winning these grants illustrates the power of collaboration and what the CAES partners can achieve by working together.” He added, “We are very proud of our researchers. Their hard work is really paying off.” You can read more about the three grants here.
  

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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