DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period October 19 to November 1, 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

Nov. 1: Two fire extinguishers, which are prohibited items, were mistakenly processed in the Supercompactor at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility. In response to this incident, Bechtel BWXT Idaho suspended Supercompactor operations. Concurrently, the company is also retraining and refreshing employees on the policies and procedures in place to prevent this type of occurrence. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2010-0024).    

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Fifteen of eighteen planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Plant in New Mexico for disposal during the week ending October 30. Eleven of the shipments contained exhumed waste from the Accelerated Retrieval Project. Eighteen contact-handled transuranic waste shipments are scheduled for the week ending November 6.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

Oct. 20: During a safety review process, it was determined that some cans of spent nuclear fuel may not have been adequately included in the safety evaluation for the Irradiated Fissile Material Storage facility. Restrictions on fuel handling and personnel entry at the facility will remain in place until a formal safety evaluation is completed. (EM-ID—CWI-FUELRCSTER-2010-0004).

Oct. 25: While adjusting a newly-installed air handler at IRC-601 in Idaho Falls, a worker removed a supporting nut that held the handling unit in place, causing the unit to fall. The worker was not injured, but the air handling unit was damaged beyond repair. Work was stopped and an investigation into the incident conducted. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0020).

Oct. 27: The incorrect burner unit was replaced in a boiler at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, causing a pressure excursion in the boiler during startup testing. There were no injuries and limited damage to the boiler occurred. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2010-0008).

Operational Summary

Waste Processing: The first transfer of 21 Sodium Loop Safety Facility canisters was received at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center from the Materials and Fuels Complex for processing in the CPP-666 hot cell.

Idaho National Laboratory

Oct. 27: While moving radiation counting equipment from a temporary shelter to a laboratory at the Test Reactor Area, the equipment fell over sideways. Work was immediately stopped and a critique was conducted. (NE-ID—BEA-CFA-2010-0005).

Oct. 28: While performing cleanup of a legacy oil spill at the Test Reactor Area, workers discovered an underground oil line with a hole in it. The spill was reported to the State of Idaho and residual oil in the abandoned line was removed. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2010-0021).

Oct. 28: An electrician at the Materials and Fuels Complex conducted hot electric work without following proper work procedures. A formal stop work order was issued and an investigation will be conducted. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-2010-0009).

Oct. 29: Suspect/counterfeit fasteners were discovered on a glovebox at the Space and Security Power Source Facility and related facilities at the Materials and Fuels Complex. None were in safety significant applications. Inspections for suspect/counterfeit fasteners are continuing. (NE-ID—BEA-SSPSF-2010-0001).

Operational Summary

Students Take Part in Science Academy: Designing a 500-day manned mission to Mars may sound like science fiction, but 44 high school students did just that as part of the first Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars academy this summer in Boise. The students from across Idaho gathered at Boise State University to plan alongside NASA officials, teachers and Idaho experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the end of the weeklong experience, Idaho recognized its first 44 NASA aerospace scholars who join an elite group of alumni across the nation. The Idaho National Laboratory is one of the original partners in the academy, and provided teaching support to the students.

Students work on an engineering activity at Boise's Discovery Center of Idaho as part of the ISAS summer academy.

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Last updated November 04, 2010

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