DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Aug. 3 to Aug. 21, 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

Aug. 20: A technician driving a gas-powered cart struck a cinder block at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility, tipping over the cart and injuring his leg. The technician was taken to the INL Central Facilities Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. The original medical evaluation showed there were no serious injuries, but a later examination showed the driver suffered torn knee ligaments. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2012-0018).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Two of two planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two of two shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were made to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for the week ending August 11, 2012.    

Idaho Cleanup Project

Aug. 15: A planned release of pollutants occurred through the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit stack as part of dust cleanout activities. The state of Idaho was notified of the planned emission in advance, as well as additional emissions scheduled as part of the ongoing dust cleanout activities. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2012-0012).

Operational Summary

Waste Exhumation: The regulatory-required remediation of the Idaho Subsurface Disposal Area is about 54% complete; targeted waste has been retrieved from 6 of 9 planned Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) enclosure structures.  

Idaho National Laboratory

Aug. 9: There was concern that two workers who were performing crack sealing at the Central Facilities Area may have been exposed to high noise levels while using leaf blowers. However, follow-up showed the noise levels were within applicable safety limits. (NE-ID—BEA-CFA-2012-0003)

Aug. 9: Surveys at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex detected a radioactive particle in the soil. The particle and a small section of soil were removed and transported for isotopic analysis, which showed the particle was Cesium-137. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2012-0003).

Operational Summary

Science Education: Hundreds of eastern Idaho students participated in the Eastern Idaho Technical College’s summer science program, which is funded by Idaho National Laboratory, among other entities. This year's enrollment hit 589 — a new record for the program. The INL has invested nearly half a million dollars in K-12 science education in eastern Idaho.


DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated August 23, 2012

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