DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period November 15 to December 1, 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: Through Nov. 30, 2010, a total of 34,518 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 96.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 3,744 cubic meters of previously-buried transuranic waste have been shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.   



Idaho Cleanup Project

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through Nov. 30, 2010, a total of 34,518 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 96.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 3,744 cubic meters of previously-buried transuranic waste have been shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.



Idaho National Laboratory

Nov. 15: A vendor trying to collect water samples at Idaho Research Center 603 was having a difficult time getting a pump to operate, and tried to open the pump power panel door using the edge of his pocket knife. Another craftsman in the area stopped the vendor and notified the facility project manager. There were no injuries as a result of the incident and a management critique was held. (NE-ID—BEA-STC-2010-0008).

Nov. 16: A radiation detector that contains pressurized helium was not shipped as a hazardous material when it was shipped back to the originator, as required. An investigation was conducted and a critique held on the incident. (NE-ID—BEA-INLLABS-2010-0003).

Nov. 17: On Oct. 10, a worker at the Materials and Fuels Complex discovered radiological contamination on his head as he surveyed out of the facility. Based on available data, the event was originally categorized as non-reportable, but later laboratory analysis showed the contamination level was high enough to cross the reporting threshold. The individual was decontaminated at the time the contamination was discovered, and that decontamination was verified by a personal contamination monitor and a whole-body survey. (NE-ID—BEA-HFEF-2010-0001). Nov. 18: Maintenance personnel at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project were in the process of changing out the motor for an air handler when management oversight noticed that the fan blade had begun to turn inside the housing. High winds at the time may have caused the blade rotation. A work pause was initiated on all air handler and exhaust fans until an evaluation is performed to ensure proper mitigation is in place before restarting any work involving fans. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2010-0010).

Nov. 18: It was determined that work orders for disposal of liquid natural gas tanks at the Central Facilities Area did not adequately identify the tanks or address steps or hazards associated with the work. Work was stopped on the tanks with elevated readings. There were no injuries, but a critique was held. (NE-ID—BEA-CFA-2010-0006).

Nov. 22: During startup of the Advanced Test Reactor Primary Coolant System, the shift supervisor noted that a required procedural step was not documented in the log book. The primary coolant pump was secured and the discharge check valve verified shut as a conservative action until it could be verified that the procedural step was taken. Upon further review of documentation, it was verified that the step had indeed been taken as required. A critique of the incident was held. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0023). 

Operational Summary

Nuclear Summit: Third Way and the Idaho National Lab will host the New Millennium Nuclear Energy Summit, a bipartisan forum on the future of nuclear energy in the United States in Washington on Dec. 7. The event will feature Energy Secretary Steven Chu, White House Advisor Carol Browner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, and more than two dozen industry CEOs, labor and NGO representatives, and energy investors. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and George Voinovich (R-OH) are honorary co-chairs of the event. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Mike Crapo will also be attending.


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Last updated December 08, 2010

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