GOVERNOR EXTENDS MISSION OF THE LEADERSHIP IN NUCLEAR ENERGY COMMISSION
C.L. "Butch" Otter
For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2013
: Jon Hanian
GOVERNOR EXTENDS MISSION OF THE LEADERSHIP IN NUCLEAR
FALLS) – Recognizing that more work is needed, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter
signed an executive order today during a visit to the Idaho National Laboratory
(INL) establishing the Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission 2.0.
LINE Commission was given a year to assess and quantify the opportunities and
challenges associated with hosting the INL and a significant nuclear
manufacturing and services sector that has emerged as a result of the U.S.
Department of Energy site. The Commission wrapped up its initial scope of
work at the end of January, submitting its final report to the Governor.
and women who served on the initial commission and its five subcommittees did a
lot of heavy lifting over the past year, and I thank them for their service.
They identified many things the State and INL have done right over the
years, and they brought to the forefront several issues that demand continued
attention – namely, 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,” Governor Otter said. “With
other states potentially targeting the federal dollars that have so efficiently
been put to use on INL’s successful cleanup and research efforts, Idaho must
aggressively assert its support for the site’s future as the nation’s lead
nuclear lab. So it’s critical to extend and expand the Commission’s duties
through LINE 2.0.”
In the executive
order creating LINE 2.0, the Governor emphasizes that fiscal responsibility
demands that the INL’s assets be fully leveraged to carry out federal
responsibilities for nuclear energy research oversight and materials management
– rather than allowing tax dollars to be wasted creating redundant facilities
and programs elsewhere.
Otter said he’s seen efforts by several other states to support and expand
their nuclear industry clusters. The success of his Project 60 efforts to grow Idaho’s
total economic output to $60 billion a year and beyond depends on Idaho being
equally aggressive in working to strengthen the climate for nuclear energy
education, research, manufacturing and operations, he said.
Commission 2.0 will remain advisory in nature. It will be responsible for
monitoring implementation of the recommendations in the initial commission’s
final report; and tracking and assessing activities in Congress, the federal
government and other states with significant nuclear energy research and
operations to ensure Idaho’s and INL’s interests are preserved.
responsibilities also will include identifying and recommending appropriate
actions on federal budget and policy decisions that could undermine the INL’s
long-term operations; identifying additional opportunities and investments that
can be made in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), Idaho’s
universities and general research, transportation and communications
infrastructure to advance the INL’s mission; providing a means of continuing a
robust and open dialogue with the public on the INL’s future and Idaho’s
broader nuclear industries sector; and evaluating policy options for
strengthening that sector.
findings of my initial LINE Commission reinforced the importance of constantly
working to balance the benefits and burdens of hosting the nation’s leading
nuclear energy research center, and of paying attention to the kind of business
environment we have for Idaho’s nuclear industries sector beyond the INL,”
Governor Otter said. “Idaho’s safety and economic security demand a stronger
public-private partnership on this issue, and creating LINE 2.0 is one of the
best possible ways of achieving that.”
membership of LINE 2.0 will be drawn from State government, academia, Idaho’s
nuclear industries sector and the general public.