DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Dec. 22, 2009 to Jan. 4, 2010

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

Dec. 28: After returning from a shutdown period, workers at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project began assaying waste drums without doing a required inspection of the assay equipment. The shift supervisor placed the assay units in suspension mode and a fact-finding meeting was held. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2009-0015).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through Jan. 2, 2010, 30,666 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste and 12,181 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

Dec. 22: A worker at the Accelerated Retrieval Project, a radioactive waste cleanup project, discovered radioactive contamination on the bottom of his shoe while monitoring out of the facility. The contaminated shoe was covered with booties and disposed as radioactive waste. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2009-0009).

Hot Isostatic Pressing Unit

Dec. 23: A dump truck travelling north on a road near the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit construction site lost traction and slide into a chain-link construction fence before coming to a stop on the road. No one was injured and an incident review board was conducted. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2009-0007). 

Operational Summary

High-Level Waste Treatment Decision Made: The Department of Energy announced it has signed a record of decision on how it will treat about 5,750 cubic yards of solid, high-level radioactive waste stored at DOE’s Idaho Site. The waste, the product of reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, is currently stored in a dry powder form. DOE announced it will use the hot isostatic pressing technology to treat the waste so that it is ready for final disposal once a disposition strategy is in place. For more details, see the DOE news release here:

Idaho National Laboratory

Dec. 22: While working on a crane and electromechanical manipulator control system at the Hot Fuels Examination Facility, a worker reached into a junction box to attach a wire and received a mild electrical shock. The worker was examined at a medical facility and released back to work. The work was stopped and barriers erected around the box until an investigation could be completed. (NE-ID—BEA-HFEF-2009-0003).

 Operational Summary

Installation of the new wind turbine at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Wind Turbine Expansion: The Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies has installed another educational wind turbine. The Skystream 3.7, which spins vertically, joins the existing Blackhawk turbine, which spins horizontally. The performance of both turbines can now be monitored and analyzed by students all over the region as part of Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools program. For more details, go to:



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Last updated January 21, 2010

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