Researchers seek to reopen Idaho nuclear testing facility

Researchers seek to reopen Idaho nuclear testing facility

Researchers seek to reopen Idaho nuclear testing facility

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking public comments about its plan to reopen a nuclear testing facility at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho.

The agency tells the Post Register that the Transient Reactor Test Facility last operated in 1994. The facility since then has remained on standby status.

The facility uses tests to analyze radiation effects on fuel. The agency says new testing now would help improve the next generation of nuclear reactors.

The agency recently released a draft environmental assessment that has its preferred location for the tests in Idaho.

Another option would start the testing at Sandia National Laboratories' Annular Core Research Reactor facility in New Mexico.

Comments are being accepted through Jan. 3.

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