2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 25 Mar 2005 01:06:02 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Idaho nuclear labs
Nuclear Development Booms in Idaho

Environment News Service
March 24, 2005

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, March 24, 2005 (ENS) - Big changes are taking place at the Idaho National Laboratory on the Snake River Plain in southeastern Idaho. A new contractor has been chosen to clean up the large amounts of highly radioactive nuclear waste at the U.S. Energy Department facility. Advanced nuclear energy systems are planned for development there, and the lab may become the production site for plutonium-238 power systems.

The plutonium-238 fueled radioisotope power systems are used to provide power for classified national security missions. The Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing an environmental impact statement for producing plutonium-238 in Idaho that is due out in late April.

Meanwhile, the DOE is changing contractors at the Idaho National Laboratory. Under a contract announced Wednesday, CH2M-WGI will take over management of the cleanup work on May 1 from Bechtel BWXT Idaho.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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