This week, the Department of Energy will hold public meetings across Idaho to take public comment on its proposal to build a plutonium-238 factory at the Idaho National Laboratory. Meetings are set tonight in Idaho Falls, Tuesday at Fort Hall, Wednesday in Twin Falls, and Thursday in Boise. (Click here for more info.)
In yesterday's paper, the Idaho Statesman asked the feds and the Snake River Alliance to offer their respective analyses of the benefits and risks associated with the project. It's well worth reading if you'd like to attend one of the public meetings or submit a comment online (which you can do here through August 29). To sum up, in the words of the Snake River Alliance website, the pu-238 project is a horrendously bad deal for Idaho's environment and for the health of the state's people, as well as a risk to Idaho's economy and national security. Read more here.