Idaho National Laboratory Day at the Capitol

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 20:54:24-05

BOISE — The Idaho National Laboratory held their INL Day at the statehouse today.

It’s an event hosted by INL staff to inform legislators about what goes on at the laboratory and discuss their research and development. INL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's complex of national laboratories. They perform work in each of the DOE’s strategic goal areas of energy, national security, science, and environment. And they are the U.S. Department of Energy's leading center of nuclear energy research and development, a title they plan to keep under the current administration.

"Under the Trump administration, all of the changes have been positive. Budgets continue to increase, there is a deep deep commitment to nuclear energy as far as the future energy system which we're a leadership position on," said Mark Peters, Director at INL.

President Trump released the first cybersecurity strategy in 15-years in 2018, with a commitment to protect the cybersecurity of our nation.

"We are world leading in defending systems against cyber attack, cyber attack will continue, and it will not stop, so we have to continue to understand what they'll attack and protect our systems," said Peters.

Throughout 2019, INL will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of nuclear energy research and innovation in Idaho.