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
Aug. 20: A technician driving a gas-powered cart
struck a cinder block at the Advanced Mixed Waste
Treatment Facility, tipping over the cart and injuring
his leg. The technician was taken to the INL Central
Facilities Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.
The original medical evaluation showed there were no
serious injuries, but a later examination showed the
driver suffered torn knee ligaments.
Waste Shipments: Two of two planned shipments of
contact-handled transuranic waste and two of two
shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were made
to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for the
week ending August 11, 2012.
Idaho Cleanup Project
Aug. 15: A planned release of pollutants occurred
through the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit stack as
part of dust cleanout activities. The state of Idaho was
notified of the planned emission in advance, as well as
additional emissions scheduled as part of the ongoing
dust cleanout activities. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2012-0012).
Waste Exhumation: The regulatory-required remediation
of the Idaho Subsurface Disposal Area is about 54%
complete; targeted waste has been retrieved from 6 of 9
planned Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) enclosure
Idaho National Laboratory
Aug. 9: There was concern that two workers who were
performing crack sealing at the Central Facilities Area
may have been exposed to high noise levels while using
leaf blowers. However, follow-up showed the noise levels
were within applicable safety limits.
Aug. 9: Surveys at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex
detected a radioactive particle in the soil. The
particle and a small section of soil were removed and
transported for isotopic analysis, which showed the
particle was Cesium-137. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2012-0003).
Science Education: Hundreds of eastern Idaho students
participated in the Eastern Idaho Technical College’s
summer science program, which is funded by Idaho
National Laboratory, among other entities. This year's
enrollment hit 589 — a new record for the program. The
INL has invested nearly half a million dollars in K-12
science education in eastern Idaho.