DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period May 26 to June 14, 2009

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) and 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) 526-0833.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through June 6, 2009, a total of 28,167 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 912 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

May 27: While in the process of transferring a spent fuel cask at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, a fuel handler noted the movement of a crane that was out of sequence with procedure. The crane lifting yoke was placed back in its stand, and the plant shift manager suspended further activities pending the completion of a fact finding meeting. (EM-ID-CWI-FUELRCSTER-2009-0002).

June 2: CWI staff noted that roof purlins at WMF-698 were detached or distorted. Access to the building was restricted and engineering contacted the manufacturer, who recommends installing new roof purlins and re-configuring the cross bracing. (EM-ID-CWI-RWMC-2009-0003).

June 10: The Emergency Communications Systems at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center failed when the shift manager attempted to make a voice paging announcement about a severe weather warning. Fuel handling, process transfers and radiological work were suspended. Troubleshooting on the communications systems was initiated to determine the source of the failure. (EM-ID-CWI-LANDLORD-2009-0003).

Operational Summary

Buried Waste Retrieval: Waste processing operations at the Accelerated Retrieval Project produced 184 drums of waste for the week ending June 5. The waste is former buried waste that is processed for off-site disposal.

Workers sort recovered buried waste at the Accelerated Retrieval Project.

Idaho National Laboratory

June 9: An operator at the Advanced Test Reactor noted power variations in one of the reactor’s experimental lobes. After consulting with ATR engineering and verifying the indications were from a failure of the instrumentation system, the ATR shift supervisor declared the instrumentation system inoperable, and initiated limiting conditions on reactor operations. The indication problem was corrected and the limiting condition on reactor operations was removed the same day. (NE-ID-BEA-ATR-2009-0013).

June 10: While offloading an 8,700-pound piece of equipment from a truck bed with an overhead crane at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility, a sling used in the rigging failed and the load dropped two inches. The suspended load was set back onto the transport trailer and secured, and the crane was tagged out of service for inspection of possible damage. An investigation of the sling failure found that a commercially available wear protection pad was not adequate. All similar wear protection pads have been removed from service. (NE-ID-BEA-SMC-2009-0006)

Operational Summary

The joint GE-INL research team.

Waste Energy Recovery Research: Researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory and GE Global Research recently kicked off a two-year partnership to capture energy from waste heat. The INL partnership will examine GE’s proprietary technology that captures energy from industrial engines that are often only 35 percent efficient.




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Last updated June 23, 2009

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