DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Feb. 22 to March 8, 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.

* Because of a problem in collecting the data, this report includes three weeks worth of summaries, rather than the normal two.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

February 23: A receipt inspector at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project warehouse identified two suspect turnbuckles. A nonconformance report was initiated and the turnbuckles were tagged to prevent their use. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0007).

March 3: While transporting drums containing waste “pucks” at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility, the waste handling operator felt the drums shift in the back of the truck. The drums were secured using a tie-down strap, and then taken into a building for further examination and securing. No damage was observed on the drums. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0008). 

Operational Summary

Nevada Waste Safely Treated, Shipped for Disposal: A recent shipment of transuranic radioactive waste from Idaho contained waste from another DOE site in Nevada. The shipment demonstrated the capacity of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project to be a hub where the Department’s transuranic radioactive waste can be safely and compliantly treated before permanent disposal in DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, located near Carlsbad, New Mexico.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

February 26: While reviewing safety documentation used in the retrieval and transport of waste containers from the Materials and Fuels Complex to the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, it was determined that the impacts of two radioactive isotopes were not properly accounted for in the analysis. Waste retrieval and transportation operations were suspended until the impact of the oversight could be determined. (EM-ID—CWI-ICPWM-2010-0001).

March 3: While inspecting communications systems at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, workers inadvertently knocked a manhole cover and support ring into an unoccupied communications vault. No one was injured, work was halted and the area secured. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0003).

March 3: While a vacuum excavator was being used to collect tailings at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, an access cover on the excavator detached from the hopper, releasing soil in a stream approximately 75 feet from the unit. No one was injured, there was no release of contamination and work in the area was halted. (EM-ID—CWI-BIC-2010-0002).

March 4: Maintenance parts for use in a high pressure breathing air system were identified as suspect/counterfeit items. They were segregated to prevent use. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0004). 

Operational Summary

Decontamination and Decommissioning: Work continues on the dismantling of CPP-601/602, the original reprocessing facility at what is now the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. The interior of the 601 facility is being stripped out and grouting of the facility is near completion. At CPP-602, asbestos abatement and strip-out of the basement labs and the denitrator room are nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Idaho National Laboratory

February 22: During maintenance on a ventilation system at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project, a number of potentially suspect bolts and flanges were identified. An evaluation of the system was initiated and there will be inspections of other, similar systems. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2010-0003).

March 9: An electrician violated a lock out/tag out when he mistakenly disconnected the electrical system for the wrong pump motor at the Advanced Test Reactor. The motor was not energized at the time, and there were no injuries or damage to equipment. A lock out/tag out was applied and a critique of the incident was scheduled. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0004).

Operational Summary

Institute for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology: the Idaho National Laboratory is teaming with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, The Ohio State University and University of New Mexico to form the Institute for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (I-NEST). The institute's goal is to help define INL's long-term nuclear energy research and development strategy.


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Last updated March 16, 2010

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