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