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Here’s how Idaho became home to the nation’s top nuclear lab

The land, which belongs to the U.S. Department of Energy, is commonly known as the Idaho National Laboratory site. In Idaho Falls, they simply call it “The Site.”


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 2:54 p.m.

Idaho nuclear research lab looking to downsize workforce

Officials at an eastern Idaho nuclear research lab say they want to eliminate 99 employees and hope they will take a voluntary separation agreement.


Experimental Idaho nuclear reactor opens for tours Friday

Federal officials in eastern Idaho say the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity will be open for free guided tours starting Friday.


Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in …


Department of Energy gives ‘excellent’ rating to Idaho lab

Federal officials gave the Idaho National Laboratory positive ratings and determined it earned 97 percent of the total available fee in a recent performance evaluation.


Idaho National Laboratory upgrades power grid testing area

Idaho National Laboratory’s electric grid testing area underwent recent upgrades to its infrastructure, allowing researchers to conduct full-scale experiments with new technology aimed at modernizing power systems.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

U.S. restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years

Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation’s nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

Idaho nuclear facility bans hunting on day of solar eclipse

An 890-square-mile federal nuclear facility in eastern Idaho has banned hunters from the area on the day of the solar eclipse.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Tests making progress for Idaho nuclear waste treatment

Federal officials say testing of a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate is making progress …


Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility

Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

BOISE, Idaho – Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig …


Nuclear site cleanup efforts paying off for East Idaho aquifer

Scientists say a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Officials approve funding for $90M cybersecurity center

Idaho state officials approve the use of $90 million worth of bonds for the construction of two new buildings at a federal research facility


Idaho National Laboratory’s economic impact grows in 2016

The Idaho National Laboratory contributed $1.9 billion to the state’s economic output in fiscal year 2016, about 20 percent more than 2015.


INL to take part in manufacturing efficiency research

The Idaho National Laboratory is planning to help research how to increase manufacturing efficiency.


INL helps develop wireless electric vehicle charging system

The Idaho National Laboratory has helped develop a system to wirelessly charge electric vehicles.


Idaho museum to open for nuclear reactor’s 65th anniversary

The Idaho National Laboratory is opening its Experimental Breeder Reactor-I Atomic Museum to celebrate 65 years since the reactor first made electricity.


Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern …


Feds streamline medical benefits for former INL workers

Certain former Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West workers are finally eligible to receive streamlined medical benefits and other compensation for radiation exposure, federal officials said Tuesday.


E. Idaho scientists double check groundwater test results

Down a gravel road south of U.S. Highway 20, amid sagebrush and grasses, a small encampment had been set up Wednesday morning.


Feds will miss cleanup deadline at E. Idaho nuclear facility

Federal officials announced Friday they won’t meet a September deadline to start converting 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste to a solid form at the Idaho National Laboratory in …


Idaho listed as possible site for nuclear waste storage

The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.


Small nuclear reactors could be coming to eastern Idaho

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear …


Beatrice Brailsford: Nuclear waste deal wrong for Idaho

At the beginning of 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy succeeded in wresting a preliminary agreement from Idaho’s governor and attorney general to allow two shipments of “research quantities” of …


Andrus, Batt fight plan to bring spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho for research

BOISE – Former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt fired off a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on Thursday threatening a federal lawsuit over a deal between …


Toddler shoots, kills mother in North Idaho Wal-Mart

A nuclear research scientist died Tuesday after her 2-year-old son pulled a loaded pistol from her purse and shot her while she was shopping at the Wal-Mart store in Hayden. …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 30, 2014, 10:42 p.m.

Woman’s 2-year-old son accidentally shoots, kills her at Hayden Wal-Mart

HAYDEN, Idaho — A 29-year-old woman is dead after her 2-year-old son got a hold of a loaded handgun in her purse and accidentally shot her inside a Wal-Mart store …


Sodium fire reported at Idaho National Lab

An employee believed to have been burned in a fire caused by a sodium reaction at the Idaho National Laboratory has been released from a hospital, with physicians reporting they …


More tests in radiation leak; container blamed

BOISE – All 16 workers exposed to radiation at the Idaho National Laboratory were allowed to go home following the incident, which officials Wednesday said likely resulted from decades-old plutonium …


Waste shipments concern Andrus

BOISE – Former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus said he’s troubled by a new deal that would allow even small amounts of nuclear waste to be shipped to eastern Idaho. Andrus …