April 23, 2007

CRAPO: INL DESIGNATION CRUCIAL TO ENERGY FUTURE

Research at Advanced Test Reactor key to nuclear technologies

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commended the U.S. Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance on news that the Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory has been named as a National Scientific User Facility. The designation likely means a big jump in research and study at the lab by university personnel, their students, and industry."Idaho has a one-of-a-kind facility for nuclear research that will play a big role in determining how we meet the nation's future clean energy supplies," Crapo said. "Today's announcement by the DOE means the doors are open at the Idaho National Lab for the research and study that will shape our energy future. I commend the hard work by staff and management of the Advanced Test Reactor on earning this important designation. Now more than ever, Idahoans can truly say we play home to the leading nuclear research facility in the nation."