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4/23 – Department of Energy projects in Southeast Idaho

In 1952, the Department of Energy established a Subsurface Disposal Area in southwest Idaho for the burial of radioactive waste.  In 1980, the entire Idaho Site was put on the National Priorities List to address contamination of the Snake River Plain Aquifer from direct injection of liquid radioactive waste and migration of contaminants from known soil contamination including the SDA’s buried waste. The Snake River Plain Aquifer is a sole source aquifer lying under the site. It is a critical resource supporting Idaho agriculture.  On our show, the DOE’s top two managers in Idaho, Rick Provencher and Jim Cooper, talked about the cleanup progress and what has yet to be done with environmental remediation here.

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