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IDAHO FALLS -- The Idaho National Laboratory is helping the private sector determine how to make nuclear control rooms user-friendly and safer as they prepare new reactor technology for federal licensing.

The Post Register reports the lab in eastern Idaho has gotten $830,000 in federal U.S. Department of Energy funding during fiscal year 2013 for the work.

Oregon-based NuScale is working on commercialization of small modular reactors that are cheaper than larger reactors to build and can be shipped to sites to be put to use.

It's been working with INL for more than a decade.

With this grant, part of INL's role will be helping make sure small reactors are controlled from environments that meet operators' needs, to make sure they can better discern business as usual from a potential crisis.

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