DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, 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

Sept. 22: While surveying a trailer at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, a radiological technician detected contamination on the metal deck of the trailer. The trailer was posted and moved to a contamination area prior to cleanup. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2009-0014).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Twenty-three shipments of transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal during the week ending Sept.26, 2009. This demonstrates that the recent increase in the number of shipments from Idaho from 18 to 23 per week is safely achievable.   

Idaho Cleanup Project

No occurrences to report.  

Operational Summary

American Recovery and Reinvestment Activities: Construction of new waste retrieval enclosure facilities, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, continue at the Accelerated Retrieval Project. A total of nine cubic meters of targeted waste was packaged for offsite disposal during the week of September 21, 2009. Decontamination and decommissioning work was completed on the WERF Incinerator Complex and the weather enclosure for the Glovebox Excavator Method retrieval facility at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex. Through Sept. 28. 2009, ARRA funding has resulted in over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in Eastern Idaho.  

Idaho National Laboratory

Sept. 16: It has been determined that evacuation sirens located at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex are mounted within office buildings that are not designed to withstand significant seismic events. A review of the safety analysis at the facility is underway. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2009-0021).

Sept. 23: An electrician at the Materials and Fuels Complex cut through 120-volt lines that were not de-energized during a lighting upgrade project. There were no injuries or equipment damage, but an investigation into the incident is underway. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-2009-0004). 

Operational Summary

Getting More from Nuclear Fuel: A new research project at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory will use an innovative approach to learn how to get more use from nuclear fuel. INL has won a competitive research grant that could help nuclear fuel be recycled or used for longer periods of time to produce more energy. The INL team will collaborate with scientists at the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) user facility in Illinois.



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Last updated January 08, 2010

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