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 Dec. 5, 2009, 30,306 cubic
meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters
of remote-handled transuranic waste and 12,181 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 items to report.
Buried Waste Retrieval: Construction is completed on
the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP)-IV (which will
retrieve targeted buried waste from Pit 5), with start
activities beginning Nov. 30. Actual exhumation of
targeted waste is expected to begin in January.
Construction continues at ARP-V, which will lead to
exhumation of targeted buried waste from Pit 9.
Idaho National Laboratory
Nov. 24: Start-up of the Advanced Test Reactor was
interrupted by an instrument problem. The problem was
diagnosed and corrected and reactor start-up resumed.
Nov. 24: During routine weekly boiler feed waste pump
testing at the Specific Manufacturing Capability
project, a boiler was overfilled when a backup pump was
discovered running when it should not have been. The
overfill triggered an alarm and the boiler and backup
pump were both shut down. No evidence of damage to the
boiler was observed. A critique of the incident was
Nov. 30: A construction subcontractor working on a
project at the Specific Manufacturing Capability
facility removed an electrical component without
following proper safety procedures. All work on the
construction project was placed on hold until
construction management evaluated sub-contract work
Dec. 2: The Advanced Test Reactor was shut down when
a calculation error was discovered in the assurance
package for that particular reactor operating cycle. The
reactor remained in shutdown until the error was
corrected and a re-calculation performed.
ATR National User Facility Update: The Advanced Test
Reactor National User Facility is evaluating submitted
proposals for university experiments from its fall 2009
open solicitation period with anticipated awarding of
proposals in February 2010. Additionally, proposals were
received for performing work at the Advanced Photon
Source Facility, a partner facility to the NSUF.