MOSCOW, Idaho — An Idaho task force said Friday it is delaying its release of a draft proposal on ways to strengthen the state’s nuclear energy industry.
The Idaho Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission was expected to release its draft recommendations on Monday so the public could weigh in. From there, it planned to deliver a final version on Jan. 1 to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
The panel is called the LINE Commission. Its job is to find ways Idaho can expand the role of the Idaho National Laboratory and the state’s entire nuclear energy sector. But at a meeting held at the University of Idaho, the commission announced it wasn’t quite ready to unveil its ideas.
The commission chairman, Jeff Sayer, says the draft recommendation will now be released to the public on Dec. 3. The public comment period will be extended into January.
That means the LINE Commission won’t make its Jan. 1 deadline that was ordered by the governor when he created the task force.
A watchdog group called the Snake River Alliance has been raising concerns about the work of the LINE Commission. Its members say they are worried it will recommend that Idaho reverse its 1995 agreement with the federal government that prohibits the transport of spent commercial nuclear waste into the state. That would open the door for Idaho become the site of a permanent nuclear waste storage facility.
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