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)
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)
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project
No incidents to report.
Waste shipments: through Aug. 8, 2009, a total of
28,991 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.35
cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste and
1,221 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
Aug. 13: A front end loader moving soil inside the
Advanced Retrieval Project-III facility hit the bucket
of an excavator that was in the nearby service bay for
repairs. The incident caused a series of events that
pushed a ladder about 18 inches into a nearby worker. No
one was injured and there was no damage to the
equipment. All equipment operations were halted and a
“step back” order was initiated by the operations
Aug. 13: While preparing to open a hatch in a cell in
building CPP-666 at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and
Engineering Center, an operator received an electric
shock. Work was stopped and the work area taken out of
service until a trouble-shooting work package was
developed. No one was seriously injured. A damaged wire
was determined to be the source of the shock. (EM-ID—CWI-ICPWM-2009-0003).
Aug. 17: A representative of the Naval Reactors
Facility (NRF) notified the Idaho Cleanup contractor
that a fuel cask had been shipped to NRF with a plastic
hitch pin installed in the shear ring, instead of the
metal hitch pin, as required by the transport plan. A
fact finding meeting was held, compensatory measures
were taken and a formal analysis initiated. (EM-ID—CWI-FUELRCSTER-2009-0003).
Waste Processing: During the week of Aug. 7, workers
processed 127 drums of excavated waste through the drum
packaging station, and 173 drums through the Central
Characterization Project. The waste is eventually sent
to offsite, permitted disposal facilities.
DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman (right) looks at a model of a plutonium heat source that is used on space missions during his recent visit to the Idaho National Laboratory.
Idaho National Laboratory
Aug. 5: A subcontractor delivery driver fractured his
leg when making a delivery to the Laboratory Support
Complex warehouse. The driver had kicked two loose
pieces of lumber from the bed of the truck to the
ground, and then landed on one of the pieces while
jumping from his truck. The driver was taken to the
local hospital for treatment. (NE-ID—BEA-CFA-2009-0003).
VIP Visitors: Deputy DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman and
three United States Senators all visited the Idaho
National Laboratory for tours and briefings on Aug. 17.
In addition to the Deputy Secretary, Ohio Sen. George
Voinovich and Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch got
to see key parts of the INL infrastructure that support
nuclear energy research.