DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period May 12 to May 25, 2009

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a regular summary of operations at DOE’s Idaho Site. It has been compiled in response to a request from stakeholders for more information on health, safety and environmental incidents at DOE facilities in Idaho. It also includes a brief summary of accomplishments at the laboratory. The report is broken down by contractor: Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP), Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This summary will be sent to everyone on INL’s regular news release distribution list every other week. To be added to this distribution list, please call Brad Bugger at (208) 526-0833.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

May 12: A review of electronic sample results showed that subcontractor employees and one AMWTP employee exceeded the AMWTP occupational exposure limit for respirable quartz. The exposure occurred during jack hammering a concrete floor as part of construction activities at an AMWTP facility. Notifications were made to the subcontractor and the AMWTP employee, and a corrective action plan is being developed to prevent a reoccurrence. (EM-ID-BBWI-AMWTF-2009-0007).
Storage of Transuranic Waste

Transuranic waste is retrieved from storage prior to shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through May 23, 2009, a total of 27,967 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 832 cubic meters of previously-buried transuranic waste have been shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.

Idaho Cleanup Project

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Soil Cleanup: The Department of Energy has released for public review and comment its plan for a small-scale soil cleanup at the Test Area North complex. The cleanup was moved forward as the result of the availability of stimulus funding. The preferred alternative is to dig up “hot spots” containing radiological and chemical contamination, and implementing institutional controls until the remaining contamination decays to background levels. Public comment will be taken through June 21, 2009.

Idaho National Laboratory

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Highly-enriched fuel

Highly-enriched fuel is loaded into a cask in Kazakhstan prior to being shipped back to Russia as part of non-proliferation efforts.

Non-Proliferation Success: The Idaho National Laboratory played a key role in the successful removal of almost 74 kilograms of Russian-origin highly enriched uranium spent nuclear fuel from Kazakhstan and its return to a secure Russian facility. An INL employee assigned to the Office of Global Threat Reduction coordinated the necessary government agreements and contracts to support the shipments. The return of the fuel ensures the highly-enriched uranium will not be diverted for use in weapons programs.



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Last updated June 3, 2009
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