The Idaho National Laboratory was established in 1949 as the National Reactor Testing Station and has since grown to become one of the nation’s leading nuclear research laboratories. Operated by Battelle Energy Alliance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, its mission is to conduct nuclear energy research, develop advanced energy production and conservation technologies, and support national security and environmental management initiatives. If you’ve never seen a nuclear reactor or how electricity is generated from nuclear energy, you can find the answers on an audio driving tour and a tour of INL.  Public tours are limited to individuals 18 and older, as well as small groups.