Idaho politics: Otter nuke panel to hear from Andrus, Batt

Gov. Butch Otter's nuclear energy committee has a full and interesting agenda ahead for Friday.

The committee, charged with advocating new research work at the Idaho National Laboratory, will hear Friday from former Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt.

Andrus, a Democrat, and Batt, a Republican and mentor to Otter, both haven't been shy about giving the Otter Leadership in Nuclear Energy, or "LINE" Commission advice. Both have said the state should hold the federal government to the 1995 nuclear agreement crafted by Batt — a deal that limits future nuclear shipments to Idaho and mandates the removal of all wastes by 2035. (Here are links to guest opinions from Andrus and Batt, and an Otter guest opinion, in which the governor reasserts his commitment to maintaining the 1995 agreement as is.)

The commission also will hear from the Snake River Alliance, a nuclear watchdog group, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, an Idaho Falls-based university research collaboration.

The LINE Commission will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Idaho Statehouse's auditorium. Here's a link to the full meeting agenda.

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