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 one
of one shipment of remote-handled transuranic waste from
Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
were made for the week ending Oct. 13, 2012. Eight
shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two
shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were
scheduled for the week ending Oct. 20, 2012.
Idaho Cleanup Project
Nothing to report.
Decontamination and Demolition Officially Complete:
On September 28, 2012, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman
approved Critical Decision 4 for PBS-40B.C1, Nuclear
Facility Decontamination & Demolition (D&D). The
project safely “D&Ded” 171 buildings and structures at
DOE’s Idaho Site. The project completed $796 million of
work for $356 million and was completed over four years
ahead of schedule.
Idaho National Laboratory
Oct. 9: A process operator began to feel ill while
performing routine duties at the Advanced Test Reactor
(ATR) Complex. He contacted his shift supervisor, who
called for medical assistance. The operator was
transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for
evaluation and treatment. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0024).
Oct. 11: Technicians discovered that the wrong valve
had been locked and tagged out during repairs at the ATR
Complex. Work was stopped and the use of lockouts/tagouts
was suspended. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0025).
The new analytical lab space at
INL's Energy Systems Laboratory.
New Laboratory Space Occupied: Idaho National
Laboratory's landscape is changing, again. A new
facility is delivering more capabilities along Idaho
Falls' University Boulevard to serve growing programs.
"The new Energy Systems Laboratory delivers a
state-of-the-art facility that adds to the already
highly competitive capabilities INL possesses in energy
research and development," said Randall Bargelt, INL's
acting director of Project Management. "Working with
Ormond Builders, we were able to begin and deliver this
91,000-square-foot facility on time and within budget."
On Oct. 12, INL began occupying the new building at
750 University Boulevard, which is referred to simply as