The waste facility will be built at the Idaho National Laboratory, Areva Inc. spokeswoman Mary Beth Ginder said. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2015 and finish in 2017. Plans call for building administration and maintenance buildings, waste-holding systems and environmental-monitoring installations.
The company said the facility will have more than 200 underground concrete vaults to hold waste generated at the laboratory. The new facility will be located southwest of the Advanced Test Reactor.
"The waste destined for this facility is generated by Idaho National Laboratory's nuclear technology research, development and demonstration mission," said laboratory spokeswoman Nicole Stricker in an email to the newspaper. Waste comes from the Naval Reactors Facility as well as research, development and testing for other federal tenants and sponsors, she said.
"Some types of low-level waste can still be very radioactive and emit X-rays or gamma rays in amounts that would require shielding and remote handling to dispose of it safely," she said.
Areva Inc. in 2010 won a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a uranium-enrichment plant near Idaho Falls. But the company said that has been put on hold.
"Absent an investor, and in consideration of current enrichment market conditions, Areva is not projecting a timeline for restarting design and construction planning activities," Ginder said.
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