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. 28: A radiological control technician entered
the shielded area of a Real Time Radiography unit to
perform a contamination survey without the required
hazardous energy controls in place. The equipment was
not operating at the time and the technician received no
exposure. An order was issued to clarify the
requirements necessary for entering the shielded
Sept. 5: A manager at the Advanced Mixed Waste
Treatment Facility discovered that the installation and
removal of a crane from the Real Time Radiography Cart
was being carried out without the proper lockout/tagout
protection. Work to remove the crane was halted until a
lockout/tagout was installed.
Waste Shipments: Two of two planned shipments of
contact-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho
to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for
disposal during the week ending Sept. 1, 2012. Six
shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two
shipments of remote-handled waste were scheduled for the
week ending Sept. 8, 2012.
Idaho Cleanup Project
Nothing to report.
Buried waste retrieval: The remediation of the Idaho
Subsurface Disposal Area is about 54 percent complete.
Targeted waste has been retrieved from six of nine
planned enclosure structures.
Idaho National Laboratory
Aug. 22: During refurbishment of an electrical
breaker at the Advanced Test Reactor, electricians found
what appeared to be suspect fasteners in various places
throughout the breaker. The suspect bolts were turned
over to Quality Assurance and will be replaced when the
breaker is rebuilt. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0023).
INL's team was one of 150 honored for innovative
application of geographic technologies.
INL Teams Honored: Idaho National Laboratory's
Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity and Geospatial Science
and Engineering teams received a “Special Achievements
in GIS” (SAG) award during the ESRI International User
Conference (ESRI UC) recently in San Diego. About 14,000
geospatial information science experts and technologists
attend ESRI UC each year and INL's team was one of 150
honored for innovative application of geographic
technologies. More than 100,000 award submissions were
received for the annual conference.