AUTHORStacy, Susan M.
TITLEProving the Principle: A History of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
PUBLISHERU.S. Dept. of Energy
CITYIdaho Falls, ID
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This interesting history of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEL) covers its first fifty years of operation from 1949 to 1999. The Laboratory, originally known as the National Nuclear Reactor Testing Station (NRTS), developed and tested reactor designs for both military and civilian applications and conducted other scientific and technical experiments as well. It also constructed plants to process reactor fuel and produce lanthium-40 for nuclear weapons. The author indicates that the book is neither a technical report nor a scientific assessment but a history for a general audience. In addition to presenting many of the activities and accomplishments of the Laboratory, the book sheds light on the relationship between a federal laboratory and its home state. Appendices supply much specific information regarding individual reactors that have operated at the INEL site. The book also includes numerous illustrations, diagrams, and stories from laboratory personnel.

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