DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period May 25 to June 14, 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

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: No updates available.

Idaho Cleanup Project

May 26: A small electrical fire ignited in the engine compartment of a forklift at the Accelerated Retrieval Project IV facility. The INL Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Due to an electrical short, the fire reignited and fire department personnel extinguished the flames and cut the battery cables. There were no injuries or radiological releases due to the fire. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0006).  

Operational Summary

Stabilizing Buried Waste: The Idaho Cleanup Project began this week to inject grout into 21 buried waste locations at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, as part of an effort to protect the Snake River Plain Aquifer. Wastes that are being grouted include glass and resins produced during historical research and operations at the Idaho National Laboratory that are contaminated with mobile radioactive elements. Grouting will inhibit rain and snow melt from infiltrating through the waste, thus reducing the ability of contaminants to flow toward the aquifer until a permanent cover is installed beginning in approximately 2025.

Idaho National Laboratory

June 7: On February 20, an employee slipped on a snow-covered patch of ice at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility. The employee was evaluated at the Central Facilities Medical Center, received medication and returned to work with no restrictions. A follow-up medical evaluation in May determined the injury required surgery. That made the incident reportable at that time. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2010-0006).

June 7: A subcontractor doing demolition work at the Materials and Fuels Complex cut through a hidden electrical conduit. The supply breaker for the conductors was open and they were not energized at the time of the incident, but the circuit was not protected by a lockout/tagout. No one was injured or exposed to live energy. Work was immediately stopped and the circuit was locked out and tagged out. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-2010-0003).

Operational Summary

INL Technologies Nominated for International Recognition: Biodiesel production from wastes, medical imaging from better radioisotope production, and significantly improved gun sight optics highlight Idaho National Laboratory technologies nominated for the "top-of-the-world competition" in 2010. INL demonstrates its diverse research capabilities by nominating its inventions for R&D Magazine's annual international competition to select the top 100 new technologies. INL has won 41 R&D 100 Awards since 1986. This year, advanced technologies in energy, radioisotope production and optics were nominated.

DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated June 16, 2010

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