The Idaho National Laboratory will receive $150 million for infrastructure improvements to boost nuclear research and development, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week.
The funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act that includes $375 billion over a decade to fight climate change, and will support nearly a dozen projects at the lab’s Advanced Test Reactor and Materials Fuels Complex.
The lab is one of 17 Energy Department national labs and is the nation’s top advanced nuclear energy research lab. It’s a key component in a U.S. effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry.
The push to revamp nuclear power plants coincides with shifting attitudes on nuclear power as it has become apparent that renewable energy sources such as wind and solar won’t be able to replace the burning of fossil fuels to meet demands.
- Idaho nuclear lab gets $150M to upgrade infrastructure
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