DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Aug. 22 to Sept. 10, 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. 28: A radiological control technician entered the shielded area of a Real Time Radiography unit to perform a contamination survey without the required hazardous energy controls in place. The equipment was not operating at the time and the technician received no exposure. An order was issued to clarify the requirements necessary for entering the shielded enclosure. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2012-0019)

Sept. 5: A manager at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility discovered that the installation and removal of a crane from the Real Time Radiography Cart was being carried out without the proper lockout/tagout protection. Work to remove the crane was halted until a lockout/tagout was installed. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2012-002). 

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Two of two planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal during the week ending Sept. 1, 2012. Six shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two shipments of remote-handled waste were scheduled for the week ending Sept. 8, 2012.    

Idaho Cleanup Project

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Buried waste retrieval: The remediation of the Idaho Subsurface Disposal Area is about 54 percent complete. Targeted waste has been retrieved from six of nine planned enclosure structures.  

Idaho National Laboratory

Aug. 22: During refurbishment of an electrical breaker at the Advanced Test Reactor, electricians found what appeared to be suspect fasteners in various places throughout the breaker. The suspect bolts were turned over to Quality Assurance and will be replaced when the breaker is rebuilt. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2012-0023).

Operational Summary

INL's team was one of 150 honored for innovative application of geographic technologies.

INL Teams Honored: Idaho National Laboratory's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity and Geospatial Science and Engineering teams received a “Special Achievements in GIS” (SAG) award during the ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) recently in San Diego. About 14,000 geospatial information science experts and technologists attend ESRI UC each year and INL's team was one of 150 honored for innovative application of geographic technologies. More than 100,000 award submissions were received for the annual conference. 


DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated September 13, 2012

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