DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period July 19 to August 8, 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. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2011-0009). 

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of July 31, 2011, a total of 36,158 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 104.59 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 4,449 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 19: An operator at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit suffered a cut thumb and a fractured wrist when he was struck by a side-pull hoist ring and shackle. The operator was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, all bolt tensioning operations were placed on hold and an investigation into the event was initiated. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2011-0010).

Aug. 3: A CWI employee fell while rigging an empty facility transfer container for removal from a low boy trailer, causing a fracture of his rib. He was evaluated by medical personnel and cleared to return to work. An investigation into the incident and a fact finding were initiated. (EM-ID—CWI-ICPWM-2011-0003).    

Operational Summary

Decommissioning of Reprocessing Complex: A significant milestone was reached when the gravel cover over the CPP-601 Fuel Reprocessing Complex was completed. The decommissioning of the 101,278 square foot structure involved stripping out the interior of the building, filling the four level basement with grout, demolishing the above grade structure, and finally installing a gravel cover over the remaining monolith. The project was originally projected to be complete in 2013, but thanks to stimulus funding, the project was completed early. 


Idaho National Laboratory

July 20: A criticality alarm sounded due to higher than expected radiation levels during transfer of radioactive samples from the Hot Fuel Examination Facility to the Analytical Laboratory at the Materials and Fuels Complex. The facility was evacuated, a re-entry was performed and access to the facility was returned to normal. Sample transfers were discontinued until a critique was performed and corrective actions taken. (NE-ID—BEA-FCF-2011-0003).

July 26: A worker suffered broken bones in her hand when she was hit by a door while attempting to manually shut the Fuel Conditioning Facility freight elevator doors. The elevator was removed from service, a fact finding was conducted and a formal critique scheduled. (NE-ID—BEA-FCF-2011-0004).

Aug. 1: Two linemen doing work at the Materials and Fuels Complex caused a small oil leak from a bushing on a transformer. The oil was potentially PCB contaminated. The linemen performed a minor cleanup, the area was secured around the spill and samples of oil from the bushing were collected for PCB analysis and sent to an off-site laboratory. Lab results showed the oil contained 25 parts per million PCBs, below the regulated level of 50 parts per million. (EM-ID--BEA-CFA-2011-0002). 

Operational Summary

New Nuclear Operations Technician Program at Idaho State University: The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has helped Idaho State University (ISU) start a nuclear operations technician program as part of ISU’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC). The two-year program launches this fall and will train reactor operators for jobs available at INL and in the nuclear industry. To date, eight of the 16 available student slots are filled for the fall semester. Several experts from INL's Nuclear Operations organization will be teaching courses in the curriculum. This program will include hands-on laboratory activities that provide students with the real world experience. 

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Last updated August 10, 2011

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