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
Nothing to report.
Waste Shipments: As of April 30, 2011, a total of
35,344 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic
waste, 102.82 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic
waste, and 3,989 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
April 28: During sodium melt and drain operations at
the Materials and Fuels Complex, operators observed a
small fire on the heating coils around the superheater.
The heaters were shut down, the ventilation shut off and
the facility fire department extinguished the fire.
There were no injuries or facility damage caused by the
Buried waste exhumation: Waste processing operations
continue in the Accelerated Retrieval Project V and VI
with exhumation, staging trays of waste and processing
drums for the week ending May 6, 2011, as follows:
Drum Packaging Station production of 154 drums and
drums to Central Characterization Project: 144.
Idaho National Laboratory
April 29: Four suspect/counterfeit bolts were
discovered during a routine inspection at the Plutonium
Processing and Handling Facility at the Materials and
Fuels Complex. Management notifications were made and
the bolt was placed into bonded storage for disposal.
May 9: During receipt inspection of incoming empty
shipping containers at the Specific Manufacturing
Capability facility, a suspect/counterfeit bolt was
discovered. Management was notified and the bolt
was removed and placed into bonded storage for disposal.
May 11: Eight suspect/counterfeit bolts were found
during the removal of a valve and a hydrant relocation
project at the Specific Manufacturing Capability
facility. Management was notified and the bolts were
removed and placed in bonded storage for disposal.
Expanding Computing Capabilities: Idaho National
Laboratory has installed a new 12,512-processor
supercomputer — known as "Fission" — that is six times
more powerful than its predecessor, Icestorm, which came
online in 2007. The acquisition of Fission, an Appro
Xtreme-X™ supercomputer based on AMD Opteron™
processors, enables INL researchers to build more
complete scientific models and better predict outcomes
for a variety of nuclear and energy-related issues.