DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period July 7 to July 20, 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

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through July 18, 2009, a total of 28,756 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 1,139 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

July 6: During a facility walk-down at the Accelerated Retrieval Project-III Retrieval Enclosure, it was discovered that the external copper grounding cable from the equipment housing to the grounding rod was cut off and missing. Further inspection of other facilities at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex revealed hundreds of feet of grounding cable from various systems, buildings and trailers had been cut and removed. It was determined the missing wire posed no imminent worker safety issues, but an order was issued regarding personnel actions to be taken when lightening is in the area. INL Security was notified and replacement cables and hardware were ordered. (EM-ID-CWI-RWMC-2009-0005). 

Operational Summary

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Activities: Exhumed an additional .02 acres of targeted waste in the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) over Pit 6. The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project completed two shipments of ARRA low-level waste to the Nevada Test Site, resulting in a cumulative total volume of 333 cubic meters of low-level waste shipped through July 12, 2009. ARRA-funded Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) completed D&D of two additional structures. To date, the ARRA has resulted in over 900 direct and secondary jobs in Eastern Idaho.

Trained AMWTP Employees

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant employees who were hired with ARRA funds recently spent two weeks at the Western States Operation Engineers Institute of Training where they received training on equipment they will be using at AMWTP.

Idaho National Laboratory

July 6: While working on a chemical experiment at the Research and Development Laboratory, a researcher observed a small flash and felt warmth through his glove. The flash and the reaction products were believed to be contained by a glove bag that was placed over the lid of the experiment container. The glass tube was sealed and placed on the work bench to preserve the material. Appropriate notifications were made and a critique was conducted. (NE-ID-BEA-INLLABS-2009-0001).

July 8: While working to remove an out-of-service air conditioning unit at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex, workers discovered the raw water system piping inside the work boundary to be pressurized. Work was stopped and the condition was reported to the shift supervisor. Management was notified and a critique was held. (NE-ID-BEA-ATR-2009-0017).

July 9: While moving waste water drums at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility, it was discovered that the drum handling tool’s annual inspection had expired. No adverse affects were noted during use. A hold was placed on drum lifting operations until the annual inspection was performed. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2009-00008).

July 15: A craft foreman noted that the lockout/tagout permit for a specific job at the Advanced Test Reactor had not been signed as completed. The lockout/tagout had been installed for removal of the center flux trap baffle at the ATR, and four work groups had signed the lockout/tagout accepting it for work. The shift supervisor stopped work on the job and verified that no other work requiring lockout/tagout was in progress. A critique was held. (NE-ID—BEA- ATR-2009-0018).

Operational Summary

INL Wins Three R&D 100 Awards: Researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory earned three prestigious R&D 100 Awards. The award-winning technologies included: an automated portable device that concentrates and packages a sample of suspected contaminated water for efficient transport to a qualified analytical laboratory; an innovation that offers a low-cost, plug-n-play option that enables virtually any wireless telecommunications device to safely store sensitive personal information and perform secure transactions; and a technology that efficiently produces nanoparticles in uniform and prescribed sizes.



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Last updated July 27, 2009

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