DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period March 8 to March 22, 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

March 11: Workers at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility determined that the degraded condition of some waste boxes may not meet the expectations of current safety documentation. Interim safety steps, including limiting the retrieval of waste from certain areas, were initiated until an in-depth analysis can be completed. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0009).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Through March 13, 2010, a total of 31,903 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 86.93 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 2,278 cubic meters of previously buried transuranic waste were shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.

Retrieval employees stand atop the last section of the soil berm that covers stored transuranic radioactive waste. More than 80 percent of the waste stored for decades in the Transuranic Storage Area-Retrieval Enclosure has been retrieved by AMWTP employees.

Idaho Cleanup Project

March 11: While cutting an electrical conduit as part of decommissioning work at Building CPP-601, an electrician noticed excessive smoke coming out the conduit and stopped cutting. He determined there was an energized electrical line inside the conduit. Management was notified, the area was placed in a safe condition, and a fact-finding meeting was held. (EM-ID—CWI-BIC-2010-0003). 

Operational Summary

Decommissioning Activities: Decontamination and decommissioning crews continued work at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. The interior strip out and grouting of CPP-601 is nearing completion, exterior demolition of the structure has begun, and crews completed removal of a sample blister from the west corridor of CPP-601. At CPP-602, asbestos abatement and strip out of the basement labs and the denitrator room are approximately two months ahead of schedule.

Idaho National Laboratory

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Lab Recognized for Fuel Efficiency: The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) received the 2010 DOE EStar Honorable Mention in the category of Alternative Fuel and Fuel Conservation in Transportation. In 2009 the INL implemented several new transportation programs and practices that resulted in significant petroleum-based fuel use reductions and operational savings. Overall, INL decreased total transportation fuel use by 14 percent and decreased fossil-based transportation fuel use by 21 percent compared to the previous year.


DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated March 25, 2010

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