Idaho National Laboratory's testing center

The Materials and Fuels Complex, located on the INL Site, is a prime testing center for advanced technologies associated with nuclear power systems.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho office is planning to expand the capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory’s security test and radiological response training ranges. The goal, according to the Idaho Falls-based federal laboratory, is to enhance national security.

“Both ranges support the training of first responders from defense and homeland security organizations who are charged with safeguarding the public and protecting U.S. national security,” Department of Energy officials said in a statement.

Specifically, the department is proposing to install permanent structures and utilities that enable an increase in the frequency of range activities and an increase in testing capabilities. That would include offices, classrooms, conference rooms, restrooms and kitchen facilities.

An environmental assessment outlining the plans is open to public comment through Oct. 12. It’s available at

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