DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period June 28 to July 18, 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

July 12: The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a warning letter after discovering two instances in which inspections at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility were not recorded in the required log. Notifications were made and a validation of the issues began. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2011-0009). 

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of July 9, 2011, a total of 36,051 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 104.59 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 4,361 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

July 12: As part of a routine safety review, it was determined that the appropriate level of lockout/tagout was not applied to adequately control all hazardous energy sources to work being done on exhaust blowers at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit. The work order for the project was suspended pending an evaluation of lockout/tagout procedures. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2011-0009).    

Operational Summary

Capping INTEC Tank Farm: Placement of asphalt to provide a low permeability pavement outside the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center Tank Farm started July 14, 2011. The Record of Decision for cleaning up this area requires that low permeability pavement be placed both over Tank Farm soils and specific areas outside the Tank Farm to reduce contaminant migration to the Snake River Plain Aquifer. The completion of the pavement by October 1, 2011, is a regulatory milestone. 

Idaho National Laboratory

July 12: Work on a maintenance project at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project was halted after it was determined that lockout/tagout procedures in place may not be sufficient to protect workers from a pressure hazard. Management notifications were made and a critique on the situation was held. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2011-0010). 

Operational Summary

Assisting the Mars Science Laboratory Launch: DOE-ID and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) personnel were at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) recently working with DOE Headquarters, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and KSC personnel to complete preparations for the November launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The MSL mission uses a single Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, which was fueled and tested at the INL in 2008/2009 and has been in long-term storage at INL due to the change in launch date from late 2009 to November 2011. 

DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated July 20, 2011

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