In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy proposed bringing into Idaho two shipments of spent nuclear fuel rods for research purposes at the Idaho National Laboratory. From the outset, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made clear two very important points: While he supports INL’s lab and research function, the DOE also needed to come into compliance with its cleanup obligations under the 1995 Batt Agreement.
The documents and letters posted below track the communication and efforts by the Attorney General to negotiate a pathway forward on the spent fuel rod proposal, beginning with the first letter from December 2014 when the Attorney General was notified of the proposal through mid-October when it was clear an agreement could not be reached.
On Oct. 23, 2015, DOE officials announced plans not to bring the first shipment of spent fuel rods to INL.
Here is a link to a statement from the Attorney General regarding DOE's decision on October 23, 2015
Read DOE Secretary Moniz letter to Governor Otter:
December 31, 2014.
Read Attorney General response letter to Secretary Moniz:
January 8, 2015.
Read Attorney General clarification letter to Secretary Moniz:
February 27, 2015.
Read Attorney General letter to DOE Assistant Secretary John Kotek:
August 14, 2015.
Read letter from DOE General Counsel Steven Croley to Attorney General: September 22, 2015.
Read letter Attorney General to DOE General Counsel Steven Croley: September 25, 2015.
Read letter from DOE General Counsel Steven Croley to Attorney General: October 8, 2015.
Read letter Attorney General to DOE Croley and Kotek:
October 13, 2015.
Read letter from DOE General Counsel Steven Croley to Attorney General: October 20, 2015.
Read final letter from Attorney General to DOE General Counsel Steven Croley: October 21, 2015.