DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Nov. 10 to Nov. 23, 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: Twenty-one shipments of transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal during the week ending Nov. 14, 2009. Thirteen of the shipments contained exhumed buried waste from the Advanced Retrieval Project.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

Nov. 23: A contractor employee tripped and fell inside of the CPP-1686 gate house and injured his right arm. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. (EM-ID—CWI-LANDLORD-2009-0005). 

Operational Summary

Waste Exhumation: Targeted waste retrieval funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Accelerated Retrieval Project III has been completed by the Idaho Cleanup Project contractor. Targeted waste retrieval in Accelerated Retrieval Project IV is expected to begin soon. 

Idaho National Laboratory

Nov. 10: Degraded wiring caused an electrical short while workers were removing a threaded plug from a conduit box at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project. When the breaker tripped and the lights went out, work was halted, facility management was notified and an investigation initiated. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2009-0013).

Nov. 17: While connecting a battery charger to a battery bank at the TRA-604 Battery Room, an electrician was burned on both hands by an electrical arc. The injured electrician was treated at the Central Facility Area medical dispensary and then driven home. The doctor found first and second degree burns over 5 percent of the electrician's hands. Electrical work was stopped and access to the battery room secured pending a critique of the incident. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2009-0002).

 Operational Summary

Each fuel particle contains a kernel of enriched uranium surrounded by carbon and carbide layers that act as containment boundaries for the radioactive material

Fuel Burnup Record: Idaho National Laboratory scientists have set a new world record for fuel burnup with a reactor fuel for next generation high temperature gas reactors. As part of a nearly three-year experiment, about 19 percent of the fuel’s low-enriched uranium has been consumed in the INL’s Advanced Test Reactor – more than double the previous record set by German researchers. Better reactor fuels mean more efficient heat and power production and less waste when the fuel is spent. 



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Last updated January 08, 2010

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