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Idaho lab wants emissions permit for radiation via NPR Seattle and the Northwest

A new facility at the Idaho National Laboratory would test the effects of radiation on the materials that could be used to build future nuclear reactors. The lab is requesting a permit from the state of Idaho and the federal EPA to allow low levels of radiation emissions.

The Department of Energy has tasked researchers there with developing the next generation of nuclear power technology. Lab spokesman Ethan Huffman says one of the challenges of nuclear energy is constructing the reactor itself.

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