Thursday, February 2, 2012

Otter Creates Commission to Boost INL 'Leadership'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, visiting Eastern Idaho today, signed an executive order creating the Idaho Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission. LINE will primarily focus on "how the Idaho National Laboratory can continue to play an important role in economic growth and energy security." The commission is also expected to to provide guidance to other Idaho industries, regulators and education institutions.

LINE was to be chaired by Jeff Sayer, Idaho's new Department of Commerce director. Membership will include representatives from state agencies, universities, members of the idaho Legislature and the INL.

"There are a number of issues external to INL - like the federal budget or national energy policy - that we simply can't control," said Otter. "I have asked the LINE commission to identify those areas where the State of Idaho does have a significant influence in strengthening the INL's leadership in the critical work of solving our state's and nation's most pressing energy, security and environmental challenges and report their recommendations back to me."

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