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Navy, DOE announce plans for $1.6 billion E. Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they'll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships. Officials on Tuesday said the new facility is needed at keeping nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines deployed. The facility will be built at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation's primary lab for nuclear research. The decision concludes a lengthy environmental process that also looked at continuing using outdated facilities or overhauling them. Officials say the new facility will operate through at least 2060 and can handle a new type of spent-fuel shipping container used by the latest warships.

You can read a full report here from AP reporter Keith Ridler.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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