DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Sept. 10 to to Oct. 1, 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

Nothing to report. 

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: Eight of eight planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two of two shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal the week ending September 22, 2012. One of the shipments contained exhumed waste from the Accelerated Retrieval Project. Eight shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were scheduled for the week ending September 29, 2012.   

Idaho Cleanup Project

Nothing to report.

Operational Summary

Contract Extension: The U.S. Department of Energy has extended by three years its contract with the company currently operating the Idaho Cleanup Project at the department’s Idaho Site. CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC’s (CWI) period of performance on the current contract ended September 30, 2012. DOE extended their contract through September 30, 2015, and the anticipated dollar value of this extension is $730 million.   

Idaho National Laboratory

Sept. 11: Electricians discovered more than 50 suspect/counterfeit fasteners while rebuilding electrical breakers that served switchgear for non-reactor buildings and systems at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex. The suspect/counterfeit fasteners were removed and replaced with approved hardware. (NE-ID—BEA-RTC-2012-0005).

Sept. 25: Radioactive contamination was discovered inside the liner of a waste container at the Radioactive Waste Storage Facility. The contamination was discovered during preparations to transfer a waste can from the liner to a shipping container. Work was halted on the transfer and a shield plug was placed back on the liner. A poly cover was taped to the liner to prevent moisture from entering and a strategy is being developed to allow safe movement of the waste. (NE-ID—BEA-TSD-2012-0001).

Sept. 26: Experimental equipment received from a research partner that was used in their facility contained shackles and chains used to lift the equipment. Some of the equipment did not have the appropriate marking necessary to qualify it for use as hosting and rigging gear. A sweep of the facility was conducted to identify suspect items, which were then removed from the building. Uncertified equipment was tagged out of service until inspections could be performed. (NE-ID—BEA-INLLABS-2012-0005).

Operational Summary

Student teams visited Idaho's Snake River Plain to collect samples or gather data for their geothermal energy proposals.

Geothermal Contest: Look at a map of U.S. subsurface temperature data and few places are as red (hotter than 250 degrees Celsius) and large (10,000-plus square miles) as Idaho's Snake River Plain.

Those two characteristics are why university students across the country are studying the volcanic plain and its potential to generate geothermal energy as part of a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The teams met via webinar in July with a panel of geothermal experts from around the state – including the Idaho National Laboratory.


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Last updated October 02, 2012

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