In February 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its plans to build a Versatile Test Reactor, or VTR. This new research reactor will be capable of performing irradiation testing at much higher neutron energy fluxes than what is currently available today.
This capability will help accelerate the testing of advanced nuclear fuels, materials, instrumentation, and sensors. It will also allow DOE to modernize its essential nuclear energy research and development infrastructure, and conduct crucial advanced technology and materials testing necessary to re-energize the U.S. nuclear energy industry.
The project is being led by Idaho National Laboratory in partnership with five national laboratories (Argonne, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Savannah River) and includes a host of industry and university partners.
VTR could be completed as early as 2026 at the site of one of DOE's national laboratories.
Environmental Impact Statement
DOE is developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to ensure that all environmental factors are considered before making a final decision to move forward with the project. A Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS for VTR was published on the Federal Register on August 5, 2019. If you would like your name added to the mailing list or request copies of the EIS when it is published, please send an email or letter to the following address:
- Email VTR.EIS@nuclear.energy.gov
- Send mail to:
Mr. James Lovejoy
U.S. Department of Energy
Idaho Operations Office
1955 Fremont Avenue, MS 1235
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415