DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, 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

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: During the period Jan. 20 through Jan. 26, 2010, BBWI shipped 29.73 cubic meters of mixed low level waste for treatment and disposal at EnergySolutions facility in Clive, UT. BBWI shipped 36.2 cubic meters of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act low level waste for accelerated disposal at the Nevada Test Site.

Idaho Cleanup Project

Jan. 28: While cleaning out an old locker room in preparation for demolition at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, a radiological control technician found two contaminated items. The items were disposed as radiological waste. (EM-ID-CWI-BIC-2010-0001).

Operational Summary

Preparations for Capping of Contaminated Area: Planning is continuing for the capping of contaminated soil at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, under a previously-approved record of decision. A low permeability pavement will be installed outside the tank farm to cut down on water infiltration to the contaminated area. Ditches will be upgraded and new lined ditches installed in the area during the summer field work season this year. The area will be paved following completion of nearby decontamination and decommissioning activities in 2011.

Idaho National Laboratory

Jan. 26: While preparing to load a waste container inside a cask at the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility, the bottom door of the cask was ratcheted open past the normal stopping point, causing the door to fall on the ground. No one was injured and there was no contamination as a result of the incident. However, proper recovery procedures were not followed. Once management was notified of the incident, the cask was taken out of service and a critique was held. (NE-ID—BEA-TSD-2010—0001).

Jan. 27: An alarm at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility went off, notifying facility operators that the uninterruptible power supply system was in bypass mode. The alarm affected other communications systems. Local fire alarm functions did remain active. The power system was placed in manual bypass and emergency communications were restored. An investigation revealed that a power surge was the likely cause of the outage. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2010-0002).

Jan. 28: An employee at the Central Facilities Area fell on a wet floor and injured her arm, which was later diagnosed as an elbow fracture. The injured employee was treated at the medical dispensary, and later evaluated by an independent doctor. An accident investigation was conducted. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0002).

Jan. 30: During routine testing at the Advanced Test Reactor, a leak was detected in a firewater pump. Adjustments were made to the pump packing which meet safety standards for reactor operations. The ATR was shut down for scheduled maintenance when the firewater testing was performed. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0002).

 Operational Summary

Building Better Wireless Networks: INL scientist John Buttles is devising and testing wireless sensor networks to help ensure the transition to wireless is safer for power plants, factories and other facilities with automated control systems. He is using INL's Center for Advanced Energy Studies to design a wireless sensor test bed where he can investigate vulnerabilities and weaknesses of these networks. CAES' wireless system, along with its laboratories and office space, provides an environment that is similar to an industrial setting.

To ensure the safety of wireless technology in a control system Environment, INL’s John Buttles has designed a wireless sensor test bed to investigate the behavior of different wireless devices.


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Last updated February 05, 2010

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