DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period April 26 to May 16, 2011

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

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of April 30, 2011, a total of 35,344 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 102.82 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 3,989 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

April 28: During sodium melt and drain operations at the Materials and Fuels Complex, operators observed a small fire on the heating coils around the superheater. The heaters were shut down, the ventilation shut off and the facility fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries or facility damage caused by the fire. (EM-ID—CWI-BIC-2011-0001). 

Operational Summary

Buried waste exhumation: Waste processing operations continue in the Accelerated Retrieval Project V and VI with exhumation, staging trays of waste and processing drums for the week ending May 6, 2011,  as follows: Drum Packaging Station  production of 154 drums and drums to Central Characterization Project: 144.  

Idaho National Laboratory

April 29: Four suspect/counterfeit bolts were discovered during a routine inspection at the Plutonium Processing and Handling Facility at the Materials and Fuels Complex. Management notifications were made and the bolt was placed into bonded storage for disposal. (NE-ID—BEA-SSPSF-2011-0001).

May 9: During receipt inspection of incoming empty shipping containers at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility, a suspect/counterfeit bolt was discovered.  Management was notified and the bolt was removed and placed into bonded storage for disposal. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2011-0006).

May 11: Eight suspect/counterfeit bolts were found during the removal of a valve and a hydrant relocation project at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility. Management was notified and the bolts were removed and placed in bonded storage for disposal. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2011-0007).

Operational Summary

Expanding Computing Capabilities: Idaho National Laboratory has installed a new 12,512-processor supercomputer — known as "Fission" — that is six times more powerful than its predecessor, Icestorm, which came online in 2007. The acquisition of Fission, an Appro Xtreme-X™ supercomputer based on AMD Opteron™ processors, enables INL researchers to build more complete scientific models and better predict outcomes for a variety of nuclear and energy-related issues.

DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated May 17, 2011

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