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Idaho nuclear facility bans hunting on day of solar eclipse

Aug. 4, 2017 Updated Fri., Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.

This undated photo courtesy of the Idaho National Laboratory shows the Advanced Test Reactor, a research reactor, near Idaho Falls. (Idaho National Laboratory)
This undated photo courtesy of the Idaho National Laboratory shows the Advanced Test Reactor, a research reactor, near Idaho Falls. (Idaho National Laboratory)

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

The Idaho National Laboratory is directly on the “path of totality” of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, and high numbers of eclipse watchers are expected along roads in the area.

Officials say the 24-hour hunting ban is needed for safety and security purposes, and only official business access will be allowed at the site on that day.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says elk and pronghorn hunters for more than a decade have been able to access areas along the northern boundary of the site under specific guidelines.

The state agency says violators on Aug. 21 could face federal legal action.

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