IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Looking to entertain your out-of-town guests or wanting something fun to do with your kids? Experimental Breeder Reactor I, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls on U.S. 20, will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.
A shuttle bus will be available, free of charge, to the first 50 people to sign up. The bus will leave Idaho Falls at 9 a.m. and return around 12:30 p.m. Sign up to ride the bus by Thursday, Dec. 19, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 208-526-0050.
The reactor was completed in 1951 and became the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity in December 1951. EBR-I was operated until late 1963 and decommissioned in 1964. It was dedicated as a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Idaho National Laboratory and has been punctuated with events throughout the year. “We made history at EBR-I in 1951,” said Sarah Neumann, INL Media Affairs lead. “This event is one more chance for INL to share its history with the community.”
INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.