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: Eight of eight planned shipments of
contact-handled transuranic waste and two of two
shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were made
from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New
Mexico for disposal the week ending September 22, 2012.
One of the shipments contained exhumed waste from the
Accelerated Retrieval Project. Eight shipments of
contact-handled transuranic waste and two shipments of
remote-handled transuranic waste were scheduled for the
week ending September 29, 2012.
Idaho Cleanup Project
Nothing to report.
Contract Extension: The U.S. Department of Energy has
extended by three years its contract with the company
currently operating the Idaho Cleanup Project at the
department’s Idaho Site. CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC’s (CWI)
period of performance on the current contract ended
September 30, 2012. DOE extended their contract through
September 30, 2015, and the anticipated dollar value of
this extension is $730 million.
Idaho National Laboratory
Sept. 11: Electricians discovered more than 50
suspect/counterfeit fasteners while rebuilding
electrical breakers that served switchgear for
non-reactor buildings and systems at the Advanced Test
Reactor Complex. The suspect/counterfeit fasteners were
removed and replaced with approved hardware.
Sept. 25: Radioactive contamination was discovered
inside the liner of a waste container at the Radioactive
Waste Storage Facility. The contamination was discovered
during preparations to transfer a waste can from the
liner to a shipping container. Work was halted on the
transfer and a shield plug was placed back on the liner.
A poly cover was taped to the liner to prevent moisture
from entering and a strategy is being developed to allow
safe movement of the waste. (NE-ID—BEA-TSD-2012-0001).
Sept. 26: Experimental equipment received from a
research partner that was used in their facility
contained shackles and chains used to lift the
equipment. Some of the equipment did not have the
appropriate marking necessary to qualify it for use as
hosting and rigging gear. A sweep of the facility was
conducted to identify suspect items, which were then
removed from the building. Uncertified equipment was
tagged out of service until inspections could be
Student teams visited Idaho's Snake River Plain to collect samples
or gather data for their geothermal energy proposals.
Geothermal Contest: Look at a map of U.S. subsurface
temperature data and few places are as red (hotter than
250 degrees Celsius) and large (10,000-plus square
miles) as Idaho's Snake River Plain.
Those two characteristics are why university students
across the country are studying the volcanic plain and
its potential to generate geothermal energy as part of a
national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Energy. The teams met via webinar in July with a panel
of geothermal experts from around the state – including
the Idaho National Laboratory.