DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Jan. 5 to Jan. 18, 2010

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

Jan. 5: During snow removal operations outside building WMF-636, the bucket of a skid steer hit two electrical cords that were on the ground and buried in the snow. There were no injuries and no electrical shock hazard. The damaged cords were disposed of and all snow removal was stopped pending a critique of the event. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0001).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through Jan. 16, 2010, 30,975 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste and 2,251 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

Jan. 12: A portable battery charger was being used to re-charge batteries on a crane at the Accelerated Retrieval Project V construction site when one of the batteries exploded, spreading battery acid and debris. One worker received three first-degree burns to the forehead from the acid. No other personnel were in the area. The worker was treated at a medical dispensary and returned to work with no restrictions. A “step back” was initiated to prohibit the use of portable battery chargers on construction projects at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0001).

Operational Summary

Buried Waste Removal: Readiness assessments were completed to begin exhuming buried waste at the Accelerated Retrieval Project-IV site, and waste exhumation is scheduled to begin this month.

Idaho National Laboratory

Jan. 7: During maintenance on a conveyor at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project, the conveyor tipped over, narrowly missing maintenance personnel who were in the process of removing the conveyor to dislodge material stuck within the belt. The area around the fallen conveyor was roped off. All work orders will be reviewed in the future by maintenance management to ensure hoisting and rigging hazards are adequately identified and mitigated. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2010-0001).

Jan. 12: The shift supervisor at the Advanced Test Reactor entered into a limiting condition for operation of the reactor when two instrument systems used to calculate water flow in the reactor were declared out of service. Limiting conditions for operation are a Department of Energy approved method to ensure safety of nuclear facilities while system performance is evaluated. The shift supervisor used other data systems to verify the safety of reactor operations while the systems were repaired and returned to operation. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0001).

 Operational Summary

Nuclear Research: The INL’s Advanced Graphite Capsule project will test over 2,000 different samples of graphite in the INL’s Advanced Test Reactor over a 10-year period. The tests are part of work to certify the graphite that is used in many parts of advanced nuclear reactor designs.

Claren Woolstenhulme, Blaine Grover, Scott Barrie, Steve McClaskey, and S. Eric Egan of the Advanced Graphite Capsule project team pose near the top end of the capsule.


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Last updated January 21, 2010

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