DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period August 3 to August 16, 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

Aug. 4: It was determined that modifications made in remote equipment located at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility were made without consideration of potential impacts on criticality safety. The equipment – floor-mounted manipulators – will remain out of service until a safety evaluation can be completed. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0018). 

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of Aug. 7, 2010, a total of 41,420 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 2,869 cubic meters of previously-buried transuranic waste and 94 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste have been shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Cleanup Workforce Reaches 1 Million Safe Hours: CWI, the contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project, recently surpassed a significant safety milestone when its employees worked 1 million hours without a “recordable” injury. A recordable injury is one that requires substantial treatment beyond over-the-counter medication or any treatment beyond first-aid.

Idaho National Laboratory

Aug. 9: The safety analysis for the Advanced Test Reactor is continually reviewed. In a recent review, it was determined that a more conservative or safer approach would be to adjust the interim operating controls for the ATR surge tank, which affects the initiation time of the Emergency Firewater Injection System (EFIS). This was due to review of the ATR surge tank volume. The new controls were slightly more stringent. However, the actual EFIS as tested will operate much faster than the safety analysis requires. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0015).

Operational Summary

Working with Small Business: The U.S. Department of Energy recently recognized the Idaho National Laboratory as the 2009 Mentor of the Year for its commitment to mentoring small businesses. The DOE Mentor of the Year program specifically recognized INL's Mentor-Protégé Program for enhancing the capabilities of Portage, a small, "disadvantaged" business.

DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated August 23, 2010

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