DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Jan. 29, 2013 to Feb. 11, 2013

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

Feb. 6: On at least two different occasions workers at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility found that filters on their respirators were not functioning properly. The contractor has contacted the manufacturer to help resolve the issue. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2013-0003).
Feb. 11: The work to install a protective cover on an electrical component located on the outside of a building at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility began before the modifications were fully approved through appropriate procedures. After the discovery of the error, the proper procedures were completed to assure the safety of the completed modification. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2013-0004).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments:  The next shipments of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico are scheduled for late February, when the facility restarts following a maintenance shut down.    

Idaho Cleanup Project

Feb. 4: The proper procedure for implementing a lockout/tagout was not followed at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit. All lockout/tagout activities were suspended at the facility until a check of all active lockout/tagouts was performed and no other issues were identified. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2013-0001).

Operational Summary

Waste Repackaging: DOE’s Idaho Cleanup Project contractor, CWI, began performing repackaging of contact-handled transuranic waste re-using the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP)-V facility, which completed its buried waste exhumation mission.  Since starting operations in December 2012, CWI has been refining operations to achieve the desired repackaging production rate of opening at least 20 waste drums per day for processing.

Idaho National Laboratory

Jan. 31: A series of equipment problems occurred at the Advanced Test Reactor while the reactor was down for maintenance. These included the unexpected start of an emergency coolant pump, the failure of an auxiliary relay in a breaker system and the failure of a breaker to trip as expected. A replacement of the relays has been scheduled and an evaluation of methods used to determine impacts to plant equipment when faults of this type occur is under way. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2013-0004).

Operational Summary

Taking His Work Home With Him: INL Researcher Kurt Myers has installed eight solar panels on the roof of his Idaho Falls home and plans to add battery storage for backup electricity when utility power goes out. It is part of Myers' quest to build a "microgrid" — a small electricity production and storage system that interacts

Myers tends to the battery bank that can store excess electricity from his home's solar panels.

with the larger electrical grid — at his home.

The project mirrors the research Myers conducts for INL. He designs renewable energy-based microgrid systems for military bases and other entities as well as tests batteries that could someday be used to store electricity for several days or weeks. His work supports INL efforts to safely, securely and sustainably expand energy supply and improve efficiency.


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Last updated February 18, 2013

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