DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period March 28 to April 24, 2012

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.

Waste retrieval resumes at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

April 11: Contamination was discovered on the shoe of a technician who was exiting a contamination buffer area at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility. The contamination was removed from his shoe and the area surveyed to make sure there was no further contamination. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2012-0013). 

Operational Summary

Waste Retrieval Resumes: Operations to retrieve the estimated 6,900 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste remaining at the Idaho site began the week of April 16 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project. Resumption of work comes after a nearly two-year stoppage of retrieval operations.


Idaho Cleanup Project

An interior feed skid located within the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit.

March 29: A suspect/counterfeit circuit breaker was discovered at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit. The breaker was removed and a nonconformance report issued. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2012-0005).   

Operational Summary

The contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project this week initiated the controlled, phased startup of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit, a facility scheduled to treat 900,000 gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. 


Idaho National Laboratory

March 28: The Advanced Test Reactor was shut down due to the potential that incorrect data had been submitted for an experimental package that was being irradiated in the reactor. The reactor remained shut down until correct data was verified for the experiment. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0015).

April 3: Radioactive particles and debris were discovered at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex. The area was roped off to prevent access and particles were transported to the Radiation Measurement Laboratory for identification and proper disposal. (NE-ID--BEA-RTC-2012-0001).

April 4: A worker at the Materials and Fuels Complex suffered a minor leg injury when he was struck by a spool of cable that rolled down a staircase when a material handler lost control of a hand truck carrying the cable. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-2012-0004).

April 4: An operator at the Hot Fuels Examination Facility was struck by a torque wrench that had fallen off the back of a truck trailer. Work was halted and the operator was taken to a medical facility for evaluation and released. (NE-ID—BEA-HFEF-2012-0002).

April 10: During testing of a safety exhaust system at the Fuel Conditioning Facility, the fan logic relay failed to trip within the required time. The decision was made to replace the relay. (NE—ID—BEA-FCF-2012-0001).

April 17: A fire resulting from welding activities was detected on the roof of the Analytical Laboratory at the Materials and Fuels Complex. The Fire Department extinguished the fire, there were no injuries and only minor damage to the roof. (NE-ID—BEA-AL-2012-0002).

April 18: While performing hoisting and rigging operations at the Hot Fuels Examination Facility, a load shifted, causing a 3000-pound sliding door to disengage from the shutter shield housing. The door fell approximately 10 inches to the floor, about three feet from one of the operators. No one was injured, all work was stopped and equipment affected by the drop was examined. (NE-ID—BEA-HFEF-2012-0003).

April 24: A radiological control technician stepped on a temporary manhole cover that was dislodged causing the employee’s leg to slip into the exposed hole. The worker was taken to the Central Facilities Medical Center for evaluation, and the manhole area was roped off and posted. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2012-0002).

Operational Summary

The Localized Electron Atom Probe (LEAP) at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies has helped produce some of the clearest results ever obtained for samples mimicking irradiated nuclear fuel.

Materials Studies: Work at the Idaho National Laboratory is helping researchers understand factors that may cause weaknesses in materials exposed to prolonged radiation inside a nuclear reactor. Such understanding drives development of new materials with significantly improved performance, a core aspect of the INL’s nuclear research mission.

That's why INL is leading efforts to adapt advanced techniques such as the Localized Electron Atom Probe (LEAP) for use on irradiated materials. In fact, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at INL is home to the LEAP that has generated some of the clearest results ever obtained for samples that mimic irradiated fuel.   

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Last updated April 27, 2012

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