“I support the mission of the INL as the national gem that it is. I will be an ardent advocate for the work being done, the people who work there, and the site leading our nation on energy issues.” — Janice McGeachin

Idaho National Laboratory and Nuclear Energy

  • Idaho National Laboratory is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development, with a full complement of capabilities to respond to today’s nuclear energy challenges.
  • Idaho National Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor operated (GOCO) institution, operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Battelle Energy Alliance, with a mission to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
  • Idaho National Laboratory encompasses nearly 900 square miles, operates four research reactors, employs over 4,400 staff and has a business volume of just over $1B.
  • Idaho National Laboratory is playing a role in preserving the existing nuclear fleet and U.S. industrial, building new reactors, contribution to regulations, competing globally competitiveness in nuclear energy.
  • Idaho National Laboratory’s nuclear research and development activities also include advanced reactor design and optimization, space nuclear power and isotope technologies, integrated nuclear fuel cycle solutions and integrated energy systems.
  • Idaho National Laboratory is also working with a number of private companies seeking to build, demonstrate and commercialize small modular reactors, including NuScale Power, at the INL site.
  • Idaho National Laboratory is the 6thlargest private employer in Idaho, providing high-tech, high paying jobs. The total economic impact is estimated at nearly $2 trillion…(note: not clear if over what period, however.)
  • Idaho National Laboratory also works in other strategic areas of DOE associated with a variety of energy, national security, and science and environment thrusts.
  • Idaho National Laboratory is very actively contributing to education, including through Idaho’s K-12 STEM education and outreach program and engagement with Idaho universities, including through the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

(source: INL site inl.gov)

Nuclear Energy Facts

  • Nuclear plants provide 20% of U.S. electricity and more than 56% of clean energy. No other source proves as much carbon-free electricity.
  • There are 99 reactors across 30 states.
  • Nuclear plants add $60 Billion to the country’s GDP and supports 475,000 jobs.
  • Nuclear energy safely generates carbon-free electricity, and is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
  • Nuclear energy provides diversity and reliability to our grid. These traits are often overlooked but essential to an effective energy mix.

(source: Nuclear Energy Institute)


  • NuScale Power is developing a small modular light water reactor nuclear power plant to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and process heat applications.
  • Each module will be factory-fabricated and will be capable of generating 60 MW of electricity using a safer, smaller, and scalable versions of pressurized water reactor technology.
  • NuScale’s technology is the world’s first and only SMR to undergo Design Certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to approve NuScale’s Design certification application in September 2020.
  • NuScale’s first customer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, is on track to deploy the country’s first SMR plant in the mid-2020s at Idaho National Laboratory site.
  • NuScale technology is the country’s frontrunner to compete in the global SMR race, a market estimated by the Nuclear energy Agency to be more than $100 billion by 2035 Key to advancing U.S. competitiveness globally.
  • On September 25, NuScale Power announced it would selected BWXT Technologies to start the engineering work to manufacture NuScale’s SMR.

(source: nuscalepower.com)


  • The Naval Reactors Facility carries out assigned testing, examination, and spent fuel management activities in support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The facility is located on the Idaho National Laboratory.

(source: navalnuclearlab.energy.gov)

Leadership in Nuclear Energy

  • To ensure that Idaho National Lab’s status as the flagship research facility is maintained and enhanced, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter established the Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission to make recommendations on policies and actions the state could undertake to support the long-term vitality of INL.
  • As Idaho’s Lt Governor Brad Little co-chairs the Commission n along with Mark Peters, Director, Idaho National Laboratory.
  • Under new Executive Order 2017-11, LINE 3.0 will continue to make recommendations to the Governor on policies and actions of the State of Idaho to support and enhance the long-term viability and mission of the Idaho National Laboratory and other nuclear industries in Idaho.

(source: line.idaho.gov)