Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Top White House Officials Consider INL Report

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM

White House officials are mulling a report from the Idaho National Laboratory calling for increased support to kickstart the nuclear energy industry.

The report, authored by scientists at the INL and the centrist-Democratic group Third Way, is urging the Obama administration and the new Congress to increase money for loan guarantees for nuclear power plants. You may recall earlier this year when feds guaranteed a $2 billion loan to French-owned Areva to build a nuclear facility in Easter Idaho.

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu, White House Energy Advisor Carol Browner and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko are participating in a Tuesday meeting in Washington, D.C., hosted by Third Way and INL.

In Wednesday's edition of the BW, we visit the recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Payette County, where officials considered greenlighting a proposed nuclear reactor for 5,000 acres near New Plymouth.

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