Also Known As: National Reactor Testing Station, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, INL
Time Period: 1949-present
Facility Type: Department of Energy
Facility Description: In 1949, the Atomic Energy Commission established the National Reactor Testing Station on the site of a 1940s United States Navy bombing and artillery range. Today, this site is known as the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This was the primary nuclear reactor development laboratory in the United States. Over 100 reactor concepts were conceived and tested here. Between 1953 and 1992, the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP) at INL reprocessed spent nuclear fuel from naval propulsion, test, and research reactors to recover enriched uranium for reuse in nuclear weapons production. Other facilities at INL also conducted various nuclear weapons research and development activities.
On February 1, 2005 the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West became the Idaho National Laboratory. The INL mission is to continue as a National Laboratory, developing and demonstrating compelling national security technologies, and delivering excellence in science and technology. Also at this time, the Idaho Completion Project (ICP) was formed to remediate the site, including the disposition of reactor and non-reactor nuclear facilities.
Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site, due to beryllium use, residual contamination, and decontamination activities.
Prime Operating Site Contractors: Battelle Energy Alliance. LLC (BEA) 2005-forward, Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC. (1999-2005); Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (1994-1999); EG&G Idaho (1976-1994); Aerojet Nuclear Corporation (1972-1976); Idaho Nuclear Corporation (1966- 1972); Phillips Petroleum Company (1950-1966)
Idaho Completion Project: CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI)(2005-2012)
Idaho Chemical Processing Plant: Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC. (1999- 2005); Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (1994-1999); Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company (1984-1994); Exxon Nuclear Idaho Company (1979-1984); Allied Chemical Corporation (1971-1979); Idaho Nuclear Corporation (1966-1971); Phillips Petroleum Company (1953- 1966); American Cyanamid Company (1950-1953)
Specific Manufacturing Capability: Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC. (1999- 2005); Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (1994-1999); Babcock & Wilcox Idaho, Inc. (1991-1994); Rockwell INEL (1986-1991); Exxon Nuclear Idaho Company (1983-1986)
Idaho National Laboratory is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
Class(es) Added to the SEC
All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Scoville, Idaho, and were monitored for external radiation at INL (e.g., having at least one film badge or TLD dosimeter) during the period from March 1, 1970, through December 31, 1974, and were employed for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under employment during the period from March 1, 1970, through December 31, 1974, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort.
Note: This class was established from Petition 219.
As of 04/12/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the Idaho National Laboratory is $191,264,770.
Idaho National Lab (INL) Workers
Did you, your spouse, or your parent become ill after working at Hanford, Argonne, or Idaho National Lab (INL)? You may be entitled to up to $400,000 from the United States. For more information, call Attorney Hugh Stephens at (800) 548-4494 whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
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The first reactor to produce a useable amount of electricity using atomic energy, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I) began operations on December 20, 1951 at the Idaho National Laboratory. The video below provides an in-depth description of how the reactor was developed through interviews with the original researchers and builders of the EBR-I.
Idaho National Lab also holds the distinction of being the location of the first fatality at a nuclear reactor. The AEC’s account of the SL-1 Accident, the first fatal accident at a nuclear reactor, uses a combination of actual footage from the event and reenactments to describe what occurred at the NRTS on January 3, 1961, and can be seen below:
The AEC’s briefing on what is believed to have happened that day can be seen below:
NIOSH Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Petition Evaluation Reports
Petition 219 (Jan 1, 1949 to Dec 31, 1970)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00219, Rev#: 1
Report Submittal Date: July 21, 2015
Petition 238 (Jan 1, 1975 to Dec 31, 1980)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report ~ Not applicable at this time.
Technical Basis Documents
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West – Introduction
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West – Site Description
Effective Date: 08/02/2010
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West – Occupational Medical Dose
Effective Date: 12/21/2009
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory – West – Occupational Environmental Dose
Effective Date: 01/08/2010
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory – West – Occupational Internal Dose
Effective Date: 03/02/2010
Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West – Occupational External Dosimetry
Effective Date: 04/19/2011
Review of the NIOSH Site Profile for the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho (2006)
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site Profile Review Status Update, Revision 1 (2014)