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Proposed Location of the CFPP Project

The Carbon Free Power Project's proposed location is the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s laboratory for nuclear energy research and development. INL is managed by Battelle Energy Alliance for the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Site Use Permit to Carbon Free Power Project granting it access to the Idaho National Laboratory site for the purposes of identifying locations for the NuScale Power Plant and, if suitable, the use of a preferred site for such purposes for 99 years from the commercial operation date for the first nuclear power module.

 Map of the Proposed CFPP SiteMap of the Proposed CFPP Site

About the Lab

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INL is the nation’s laboratory for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment. We are engaged in the mission of ensuring the nation’s energy security with safe, competitive and sustainable energy systems and unique national and homeland security capabilities.


INL is the site where 52 pioneering nuclear reactors were designed and constructed, including the first reactor to generate usable amounts of electricity. It was here that nuclear-generated electricity first powered an American community.

It was here that the Navy’s nuclear propulsion systems were first demonstrated, and here that sailors and officers were trained on how to operate those systems. Throughout the laboratory’s history, scores of this country’s best and brightest have come to advance the promise of nuclear energy.

Why the Lab?

Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations require that a number of locations be considered for siting a nuclear power plant. The INL Site provides a number of advantages. INL is part of the DOE’s complex of national laboratories and its primary mission is the development and demonstration of advanced nuclear technologies. INL has immense experience with nuclear reactors; more than 50 research, test and demonstration nuclear reactors have been constructed and operated on the 890-square-mile INL site over the past 70 years to support the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and the U.S. civilian nuclear power program.

Nuclear Energy Leadership

Just as important as our heritage, the lab’s scientists, engineers and technicians are moving us on to greater accomplishments in nuclear-enabled energy security. We’ve developed the road maps guiding the next generation of nuclear power systems.

We’re leading initiatives to develop next-generation reactor technologies, advanced fuel cycles and nuclear power systems for outer space. And, significantly, we’re home to the world’s premier materials test reactor – the Advanced Test Reactor – and its national scientific user facility.