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Idaho National Engineering Laboratory [INEL]
Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP)

Photo Date: January 1989
Photo Number: 300 035 001

The Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) is located in a rural, sparsely populated sector of southeastern Idaho. The eastern boundary of INEL is 23 miles west of Idaho Falls, and the site covers 571,000 acres (893 square miles). INEL was established in 1949 as the National Reactor Testing Station. It contains the largest concentration of nuclear reactors in the world.

Major operations at INEL include fuel receipt and monitoring at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP) fuel processing area. This operational area is comprised of various buildings that provide both wet and dry storage of irradiated and unirradiated nuclear fuels. The primary FSA facilities include CPP-603 and CPP-666, both of which provide underwater fuel storage primarily for spent Navy fuels. The New Waste Calcining Facility (NWCF) is used to calcine liquid HLW held in underground storage tanks at the ICPP. Calcining results in an eight-to-one volume reduction. The rest of the facilities at ICPP consist of chemical processing, infrastructure support (such as utilities and laboratories), and research and development facilities.

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