Last May Governor Butch Otter created the Leadership in Nuclear Energy, also called the LINE commission. Its goal was to assess and quantify the opportunities and issues associated with the INL being a manufacturer and service center for Nuclear energy.
Today Governor Otter signed an executive order while visiting the INL concerning this program. Summer Joy joins has the details.
Governor Otter announced that they are going to expand this program and establish Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission 2.0. LINE 1 has identified many things that the State and INL have done right over the years, but they also brought attention to several issues.
A couple examples include: The nation's failure to open a permanent "used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste repository" and significant budget cuts that threaten continued cleanup and research operations in Idaho.
"One of our recommendations was for [Governor Otter] to continue an advisory committee of some kind for the sole reason we could pa attention nationally and be a part of the voice nationally for Idaho. We are really excited about this and we appreciate his leadership on this and we're going to work really hard as we did this last year to make sure we bring good answers back to the state," said Jeff Sayer, the Director of the Department of Commerce.
The goal for LINE 2 is to take the items that LINE 1 has brought to their attention, give advice to the governor and legislature and to monitor the implementation of those recommendations.
"So we can continue to flush out the opportunity that we have, to continue to investigate, to make sure we are on the right path and we are on a path of possibilities," said Governor of Idaho, "Butch" Otter.
LINE 2 will also track and assess activities in Congress, the federal government, and other states with significant nuclear energy research and operations to ensure that INL's interests are preserved.
"Idaho has an opportunity to participate in the nuclear industry that could bring significant economic benefit. We need to have the conversation in terms of what the new technologies are and what the new realities are. So given that context our role would be to continue the conversation and educate Idahoans as to what the opportunity really is," added Sayer.
The membership of LINE 2 will come from state government, Idaho's nuclear industries sector and the general public.
Since LINE 2 is open to volunteers, if you're interested, you can click on the link below for more information. LINE 2 should start thier conversations in the next few weeks. http://www.line.idaho.gov/