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)
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project
Sept. 14: While loading drums of transuranic waste
into a standard waste box at the Advanced Mixed Waste
Treatment Project, incorrect data for the drums was
entered into the Waste Tracking System. The Waste
Tracking System would not accept the data, the shift
supervisor was notified and all work was stopped. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0022).
Waste Shipments: Eighteen contact-handled transuranic
waste shipments and two remote-handled transuranic waste
shipments were sent from Idaho to the Waste Isolation
Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal the week ending
September 25, with eighteen more shipments scheduled in
the week ending October 2.
Idaho Cleanup Project
Sept. 21: An electrical foreman at the Accelerated
Retrieval Project VII construction area tripped, fell
and suffered a fractured leg. He was diagnosed and
treated by an offsite orthopedic specialist.
Housekeeping was performed at the construction site, and
a “safety pause” was held with workers in the area to
discuss the injury and walking/working surfaces. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0007).
Grouting Completion Ahead of Schedule: The Idaho
Cleanup Project safety completed a remedial action five
weeks ahead of schedule that protects the Snake River
Plain Aquifer by grouting buried waste at the Subsurface
Disposal Area. The project was funded by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Idaho National Laboratory
Sept. 14: A maintenance worker at the Materials and
Fuels Complex was installing a back plane to the back of
a routing junction box when he noticed an electrical
spark. The worker stopped work and notified his
supervisor. The circuit breaker to a wire bundle within
junction box was locked and tagged out of service.
Insulation to one of the wires within the bundle
appeared to be damaged. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-201-0006).
Sept. 16: While workers were handling radioactive
material in a shielded glovebox at the Fuel
Manufacturing Facility, a radiation alarm sounded,
indicating the amount of radiation coming from the
material was higher than expected and the work was
stopped. However, the work was allowed to proceed
without ensuring appropriate mitigation and
notifications had been made. (NE-ID—BEA-FMF-2010-0001).
Sept. 17: While workers were preparing an experiment
in the High Pressure Catalytic Reactor at the Bonneville
County Technology Center, a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor
alarmed at the evacuation level setpoint. Workers
evacuated the facility until CO levels returned to safe
levels. No workers were exposed to unsafe levels above
the regulatory limit threshold. The system was placed in
a secure state and work was stopped pending further
Sept. 21: While installing communications cables at
the Willowcreek Building, a subcontract employee was
exposed to a live electrical source. There was no injury
and a work stoppage was initiated.
Sept. 22: During the annual suspect/counterfeit parts
assessment at the Specific Manufacturing Capability
project, a number of counterfeit parts were identified.
All items were tagged out of service and will be
properly dispositioned. (NE-ID—SMC-2010-0009).
Sept. 24: A suspect fastener was found as part of a
kit for the Fuel Conditioning Facility Stack Monitoring
Project. The suspect part was secured.
Sept. 27: A quality inspector discovered a number of
suspect fasteners inside and outside an office building
at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex. The facility
manager later determined that the fasteners were not
counterfeit items. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2010-0003).
Teaching Teachers: The Idaho National Laboratory
brings in roughly a dozen teachers each year to intern
at the lab through its Teaming Teachers with INL (TTI)
and Pre-Service Teacher internship program (PST). The
goal is to help educators master the subjects they're
teaching and studying while finding ways to spark their
students' interest in science.
Educators Vince Wray (left) and Richard McIsaac work
with INL researcher Hope Lee as part of INL's teacher