DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period May 15 to June 4, 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.

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

May 15: Required regulatory inspections were not carried out at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility during the week of Nov. 21, 2011. They were completed on Nov. 28, 2011. This was not reported through the ORPS system until May 15. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2012-0014).

Operational Summary

Waste shipments: Six of six planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for the week ending May 26, 2012.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

April 23: An electrician separated a conduit that supplies power to a lighting ballast at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and cut the energized wires. The electrician noticed a spark when he cut the wires and immediately stepped back and made proper notifications. The electrician failed to recognize that this ballast was supplied by a different circuit which had not yet been locked out. This item was not reported through the ORPS system until May 23. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2012-0001).   

Operational Summary

Buried waste exhumation: Exhumation of buried targeted waste continued at the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) VII site. Over 2,883 cubic yards of waste have been retrieved from the pit and 479 drums have been packaged through the drum packaging stations. ARP VII is approximately 37% complete. The entire ARP VIII center support system has been erected. The “free span” building outer structure is being connected to the “center supported structure.” Mechanical and electrical sub-contractors continue to work in the airlock structure. The ARP VIII construction project is slated for completion this December.   

Idaho National Laboratory

May 21: A confinement door at the Advanced Test Reactor was found to drag when opened and closed, due to worn hinges. The door was propped open to prevent further damage until maintenance could be completed. As the reactor was shut down at the time, the confinement door was not required to be operable. The door was repaired prior to operating the reactor. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0019).

May 22: An operator at the Advanced Test Reactor noticed that a latch on a lockout/tagout box was not properly closed. All work being performed under a lockout/tagout was stopped at the reactor, which was in a planned shutdown, until all lockout/tagouts could be inspected and verified. No additional deficiencies were noted with the lock boxes. All workers were briefed on the error that resulted in the lock box being improperly secured. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0020).

May 24: During review of safety documents at the Material Security and Consolidation Facility, it was determined that documents establishing the criticality safety spacing for some uranium storage in a warehouse were missing. All movement of fissionable material in the warehouse was halted until the issue can be resolved. (NE-ID—BEA-TREAT-2012-0001).

May 29: A quality control inspector found suspect/counterfeit bolts on straps at the Specific Manufacturing Capability Project. The bolts were removed from the straps and the straps destroyed, and the bolts were placed in bonded storage for disposal. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2012-0002).

May 31: It was determined that there was not an adequate safety evaluation of the routing of argon gas from the Fuel Conditioning Facility to the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II Facility, which would be used by the contractor demolishing the facility. The argon line was isolated and further safety evaluation ordered. (NE-ID—BEA-FCF-2012-0003).

Operational Summary

Work stations and weight research: Thanks to findings from a joint study conducted by Idaho National Laboratory and Mayo Clinic, researchers can confidently assess how one classroom tool can potentially impact student activity and weight. The researchers used vertical work stations with sixth grade students and published their findings in the April issue of ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, a peer-reviewed journal focused on the nutritional care of children from birth through adolescence.
The study began at Idaho Falls' Hope Lutheran School in early 2010 to study how vertical workstations impacted sixth-grade students in the classroom. Researchers wanted to understand how these tall desks, which allow students to either stand or sit in an ergonomically adjusted stool, could impact student activity, attentiveness and weight.   

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Last updated June 05, 2012

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