LATEST NEWS: Smoke rises from the Idaho National Lab, which is testing advanced nuclear power
- Footage on social media showed smoke billowing from the ground near the Idaho National Lab, which tests nuclear power projects
According to a report, smoke has been seen coming from the desert area above the Idaho National Lab, which conducts nuclear energy testing.
The cause of the smoke is not yet known, but a photo was shared on social media.
INL’s nuclear facilities are located in the remote and sparsely populated desert about 45 miles west of Idaho Falls, near the town of Arco.
In 1949, the site was established as the National Reactor Testing Station.
Before the INL was established, the site was the Arco Naval Proving Ground, which was in use during World War II.
Gun barrels from battleships like the USS Missouri were overhauled at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Pocatello, 80 miles away, and then taken by train to the Naval Proving Ground.
The guns would be tested before being returned to the Pacific for the war.
Images shared on social media appeared to show smoke rising from the desert
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