Press Release: Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

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June 6, 2019

Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

Fluor Idaho crews recently finished a 50-day test of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit in which they successfully treated more than 63,000 gallons of liquid designed to mimic the radioactive waste that is awaiting treatment at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

This is the longest test so far and its successful completion should allow the process of treating the 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste that now resides in three stainless steel 300,000-gallon storage tanks to commence.

This progress is encouraging for several reasons, one of which is that Idaho has been waiting for years for the Department of Energy (DOE) to make good on the promises it made as part of the 1995 Settlement Agreement between Idaho and DOE. Holding the federal government accountable with regard to the safe processing of this waste is necessary to protect Idahoans and Idaho resources.

I am personally delighted to hear about the successful completion of this critical test. INL is an important resource for Idaho and for the nation, and Fluor Idaho’s innovation is helping to keep it moving forward and making progress.

While it often goes largely unnoticed, vital research is being performed at INL each day and Idahoans have much of which to be proud. I expect that we will see even more innovative research and development in the near future.

I am thankful to the many Idahoans who had a role in this process and I am especially thankful to the many conscientious individuals at INL and at Fluor Idaho who are diligently serving Southeast Idaho.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
(208) 565-6710

Press Release: Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

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April 25, 2019

Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest Executive Order into law today, creating a working group chaired by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin to identify where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices across the state.

“It’s important for citizens across Idaho to access state government services close to home,” Governor Little said. “My executive order seeks to improve customer service at regional state agency offices by identifying any inefficiencies so that government uses taxpayer dollars as responsibly and effectively as possible.”

The working group will include 12 individuals – seven citizens representing different regions of the state; one member each of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho Senate; representatives of the Governor’s Office, Division of Financial Management, and Department of Administration; and one at-large member.

“The natural propensity of government is to grow and become increasingly inefficient. Unlike in the private sector where competition and market forces work together to increase efficiency and improve customer service, there is no ‘invisible hand’ that guides the state. This is why we are taking action to investigate and implement the improvements that will not occur spontaneously,” Lt. Governor McGeachin said.

The working group will spend the next 18 months on the project and make recommendations to the Governor on its findings.

“Idahoans deserve state agencies that are dedicated to helping them and their business endeavors, not to erecting roadblocks and manufacturing obstacles to success. We will invest our time and energy into making sure that state agencies exist to serve the people of Idaho and to improve their lives,” Lt. Governor McGeachin added.

The full text of Executive Order 2019-03, “Regional Government Efficiency Working Group,” is available here.

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary
208-943-1686 or Marissa.Morrison@gov.idaho.gov