DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period July 21 to Aug. 3, 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.

Flag-raising recognizes the AMWTP as a Star Site.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Recognized for Safety: The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the AMWTP as a Star Site in its Voluntary Protection Program. The designation comes after an extensive review of the project’s safety practices, the knowledge employees have about safety procedures, and DOE’s determination that AMWTP is truly a safe site. 

Idaho Cleanup Project

Aug. 3: While responding to a power outage at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, an electrician received an electrical shock while removing a fuse. The electrician was taken to the Central Facilities Area medical facility, where medical staff examined him and released him back to work with no restrictions. A fact-finding meeting was convened to determine the cause of the incident and prevent a reoccurrence. (EM-ID—CWI-LANDLORD-2009-0004).  

Operational Summary

Remediation of Unexploded Ordnance: Part of DOE’s Idaho Site was used as a Naval Gunnery Range during World War II. As part of the remediation of the Idaho Site, DOE and its contractors have worked to identify potentially unexploded ordnance still left at the site from the gunnery range days. The cleanup project recently completed geophysical surveys of the Rail Car Explosion Area this summer. Archeological and ecological surveys are being performed over the next several weeks to identify any areas of concern in conjunction with the geophysical surveys of the area. 

Idaho National Laboratory

July 21: While performing routine maintenance on the Advanced Test Reactor-Critical (ATR-C), material deficiencies that included two missing rivet heads on two absorber plates and swelling on another absorber plate were noted. The ATR-C was taken out of operation until the deficiencies can be resolved. (Note to editors: The Advanced Test Reactor-Critical is a low-power, full-sized duplicate of the Advanced Test Reactor, also located at the INL, and should not be confused with the ATR). (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2009-0019).

July 29: Workers at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility were able to work in close proximity to an exposed 480 volt bus duct supplying power to a cask cart. The workers could possibly get their fingers or hand-held tools in contact with the bus energized portion. The cask cart was placed out of service until system modifications could be made. (NE-ID-BEA-HFEF-2009-0002).

July 29: It was discovered that the inlet and exhaust lines of a continuous air monitor located at the Neutron Radiography Reactor were inadvertently “swapped,” causing them to be connected in error. The air monitor is used to sample the NRAD reactor room. A critique was held and notifications made of the error. The reactor was in secure mode at the time of the discovery. (NE-ID—BEA-NRAD-2009-0001).

Aug. 3: Data sent from the Advanced Test Reactor Complex to an off-site laboratory for sample acceptance was different than the data used to generate the shipping papers. The off-site laboratory questioned the data used for the sample acceptance and contacted the laboratory. A new radiological source term was calculated to correct the sample source term, and the sample was accepted by the off-site laboratory. There was no Department of Transportation reportable violation, and investigation is underway to determine why the original source term was inaccurate. (NE-ID-BEA-RTC-2009-0001). 

Operational Summary

Explosives Detection System: The Idaho National Laboratory recently demonstrated a new, more-sophisticated system to detect the distinctive chemical signature of nitrogen, which indicates that explosives may be present in a vehicle. The system will allow security personnel to inspect the cargo of semi and delivery trucks without opening cargo doors.



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Last updated January 08, 2010

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