Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
On January 6, 2011, the state of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) setting out conditions under which the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) may receive limited research quantities of used commercial fuel for examination, testing, and storage.
In 2002, DOE designated the INL as the nation’s leading laboratory for nuclear energy research. The INL has developed and possesses unique technologies and capabilities which can further the research, development, and testing of new fuel types and technologies.
The 1995 Settlement Agreement provides that DOE “will make no shipments of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants” to the INL. This provision protects Idaho from becoming a repository for the nation’s commercial spent nuclear fuel. The 2011 MOA grants a limited waiver to this provision, as allowed under the 1995 Settlement Agreement, for small amounts of commercial fuel for testing and research purposes.
The amount of spent fuel DOE can receive in Idaho remains subject to the overall established by the 1995 Settlement Agreement, 55 metric tons. As of 2011, DOE has received approximately 28 metric tons of heavy metal spent fuel in Idaho, mostly from foreign and domestic research reactors. The MOA does not broaden the terms of the 1995 Settlement Agreement in regard to the overall amount of spent nuclear fuel that can be brought to Idaho, nor does it negate the requirement that all spent nuclear fuel must be removed from Idaho by January 1, 2035.
INL Oversight CoordinatorSusan BurkeDEQ State Office1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorandum of Agreement Concerning Receipt, Storage, and Handling of Research Quantities of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel at the Idaho National Laboratory (January 6, 2011)
1995 Settlement Agreement: Overview & FAQsNavy Addendum to 1995 Settlement Agreement2008 Agreement to Implement U.S. District Court Order dated May 25, 2006