Plan spells out INEEL's strategic direction

Tuesday, February 22, 2000

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory has announced its science and technology strategic plan for the next four years.

The INEEL Fiscal Year 2000-2004 Institutional Plan is part of the lab's planning process that begins every February. This plan marks new contractor Bechtel BWXT Idaho's first opportunity to establish a unique signature for the INEEL.

The federal government has participated in the process and endorsed the general direction defined in the INEEL Institutional Plan, said Linda Trocki, INEEL executive vice president.

The plan identifies areas where the INEEL must focus its activities during the next few years.

Key themes include:

- Completing the INEEL's environmental cleanup mission in a safe, timely and environmentally responsible manner;

- Integrating the laboratory's research and development activities to assist operations;

- Strengthening the site's science and technology capabilities.

The plan also focuses on subsurface science, long-term environmental stewardship and subsurface road mapping.

Major energy initiatives include planning the work on the next generation reactor, non-proliferation fuel cycle and clean, non-nuclear fuel initiatives.

The Fiscal Year 2001-2005 INEEL Institutional Plan will take a broader view of the INEEL, emphasizing critical outcomes, operations and the integration of research and development with operations.

Residents of the Jackson Hole region in northwest Wyoming are concerned about plans to burn nuclear waste at the facility.