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US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years


November 16, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety.

The U.S. Department of Energy said the facility at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls began operating Tuesday for the first time since it went on standby status in 1994.

"It went well," John Bumgardner, director of the laboratory's Transient Testing Program said Wednesday. "The reactor and the facility as a whole, as well as our trained...

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