It was an honor to help welcome U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to Idaho for her first visit to Idaho National Laboratory.
Together, we had the opportunity to tour key research facilities and receive updates on important clean energy and national security projects being worked on at the Lab.
INL is leading the country toward a clean energy future that will be powered by the advanced nuclear energy technologies being developed there. I am glad that the Secretary could witness and meet the world class researchers we are so proud of at the Lab.
NuScale plans to deploy the first NRC approved SMR demonstration at Idaho National Laboratory. Expected to go online in 2029, this certification is an important step toward the completion of the project.
As a proud supporter of INL and our domestic nuclear energy program, I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that this project succeeds.
Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary
On August 4, 2020 President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) into law, marking the biggest change to American public lands in decades. This legislation, which I sponsored and authored, addresses large deferred maintenance on pubic lands by permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and by using unobligated energy revenues over a five year period.
For several weeks, the U.S. Forest Service has worked diligently to contain the Moose Fire and determine its cause. I am grateful to these firefighters and their efforts to keep the surrounding communities safe.
The fire has now consumed 64,078 acres and is 20% contained. According to Forest Service investigation results, it appears as though a campfire got away with the wind. The Moose Fire shows just how important it is to recreate responsibly while using public lands and follow campfire safety tips during the wildfire season. Please consider reviewing safe fire practices before venturing to your next outing this summer.
As part of the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs is moving forward with a pilot program for Online Passport Renewal.
This program, open to the public, is offering a limited online renewal option for the first 25,000 people who sign up at travel.state.gov/renewonline. Once the program reaches the 25,000 volunteer limit, it will temporarily shut off to participation. Find out more about participating in this pilot program by visiting the Department of State's website.
Are you experiencing an issue with a federal agency? Any one of my district offices can help. Whether you are trying to renew a passport, or have not received a tax return, the Congressional Inquiry process can help you find answers. Find out more by clicking the link below.