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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
IDAHO OPERATIONS OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2016

Media Contact:

Danielle Miller, millerdc@id.doe.gov

DOE Informs State of Idaho It Is Unlikely to Meet Deadline for Startup of Waste Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has notified the State of Idaho that it is unlikely to meet the regulatory deadline for initiation of waste treatment of the sodium-bearing waste at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho National Laboratory Site. Under the Fifth Modification to the Notice of Noncompliance-Consent Order with the State of Idaho, DOE agreed to a compliance schedule that included beginning treatment of the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid sodium bearing radioactive waste at the INL in the IWTU by Sept. 30, 2016.

“The Department understands the importance of meeting this milestone,” said Jack Zimmerman, DOE Deputy Manager for the Idaho Cleanup Project. “However, safety is our top priority and we will not begin radioactive waste treatment until we are convinced we can do it safely.”

As part of the startup process, DOE has conducted a set of waste simulant runs at the IWTU. In order to safely commence treatment of the sodium bearing waste at the facility, DOE must address two technical issues that have arisen during these waste simulant runs. One is the need to eliminate or significantly reduce the buildup of material, known as wall scale, in the IWTU’s main processing vessel. The second is the need to evaluate modification or replacement of a component of the main processing vessel, known as the ring header, which is critical in the treatment of waste.

DOE’s new Idaho Cleanup Project contractor, Fluor Idaho, LLC, is expected to submit a schedule outlining how it will safely initiate radioactive operations at the IWTU, including addressing the wall scale buildup and ring header. After reviewing and approving Fluor’s proposed approach for operating IWTU, DOE will submit a new treatment schedule to the State of Idaho for review and approval. The Department is working with the state on a new schedule for completion.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in better understanding the facility, changing processes and equipment, and giving our operators real world experience in running the plant through multiple simulant runs,” said Zimmerman. “The plant is operating in a more robust manner and we believe we have narrowed the main issues down to two, the wall scale buildup and ring header.”




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
IDAHO OPERATIONS OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2016

Media Contact:


Tim Jackson 208-526-8484

DOE Workshop: Pathway to SMR Commercialization

In November 2015, the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative to accelerate innovation of advanced nuclear technologies by providing potential industry partners with opportunities to access the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization. GAIN is expected to provide a vehicle for support of public-private partnerships to achieve national goals established by the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). NE has been supporting the development of domestic small modular reactor (SMR) designs through the SMR Licensing Technical Support (LTS) program, which provides financial assistance for SMR design development and efforts leading to design certification, site permit, and license approvals from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. DOE continues to believe that SMRs could play an important role in addressing the energy, economic, and environmental goals of the U.S.

The ultimate path to successful commercialization of SMR technologies will depend on many factors, including economic competitiveness, regulatory measures to reduce carbon emissions, market growth, as well as others. Two related areas in which the Department has an interest are: (1) manufacturing technologies to reduce cost and schedule for SMR parts and components and meet the demands of the industry as it grows; and (2) additional SMR capabilities beyond baseload electricity generation, including use of SMRs in hybrid energy systems and in meeting national security needs.

DOE recognizes the need for a collaborative path forward with industry to determine the optimum set of activities that could achieve the goal of ensuring successful SMR deployments. Therefore, DOE requests domestic industry participation in a 2-day comprehensive workshop to elicit opinions on the two key topics identified above. The workshop will include participation from domestic vendors, utilities, nuclear supply chain entities, laboratories, universities, or other related professional organizations to provide input and ideas in support of the DOE SMR commercialization goals. The first day will address the question of what manufacturing techniques, capabilities, or process improvements could provide the most significant benefit(s) for improving SMR economics, and how to accomplish the transition from prototype fabrication capability to a robust SMR manufacturing enterprise. The second day of the workshop will address the question of what SMR capabilities should be developed further to improve the global marketability of SMRs. Participants should consider SMR-focused concepts that support the development of any non-electric applications, the use of SMR-generated process heat in various industrial and community environments, capabilities to deliver secure power to critical missions, improvements in load-following capabilities to support grid stability, and the use of SMRs as a component of hybrid energy systems, as examples.

Workshop results will help inform DOE’s future program plans to support the development of a domestic SMR industry with the ultimate goal of positioning U.S. SMRs to succeed. The maturation of SMR technologies is integral to promoting the Administration’s “all of the above” energy strategy, contributing towards meeting national climate and clean energy goals, and facilitating U.S. industrial competitiveness.

To register and for a complete agenda, please go to:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/doe-workshop-pathway-to-smr-commercialization-registration-25196577642




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
IDAHO OPERATIONS OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2016

Media Contact:


Tim Jackson 208-526-8484

Restoring Sagebrush on the INL Site

Last autumn the U.S. Department of Energy planted sagebrush seedlings on areas burned in wildfires on parts of the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory site to help improve habitat for sage-grouse and other native sagebrush-dependent animals and plants.

In October 2015, 5000 seedlings were planted by hand on about 70 acres of an area burned by fire in 2000. During the next several weeks, these seedlings will start greening up along with the rest of the native sagebrush on the desert at and around INL.

DOE plans to conduct more sagebrush restoration in the future and to monitor the success of the restoration work.

The department is doing this as a conservation measure to support sage-grouse recovery. DOE has been collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for more than ten years on work to conserve habitat for sage-grouse on the INL site and to ensure that DOE maintains maximum flexibility to continue the department’s national energy, security and environmental missions.

One of the 13 conservation measures coming out of this collaboration is the need to maintain an adequate amount of high-quality sagebrush-dominated habitat that sage-grouse and other native wildlife require, by reestablishing sagebrush on areas burned by wildland fires over the past 20 years.

Fire is the greatest threat to sagebrush habitat. This impacts not only sage-grouse on the INL site but also many other species of wildlife that require sagebrush for habitat. Although native grasses and wildflowers recover in just a few years after fire, it can take up to a century for sagebrush to return.

One way to speed that recovery is to plant sagebrush seedlings. The process began in the fall of 2014 with field crews collecting seed heads from mature native sagebrush plants on the INL site.

The seed heads were sent to a greenhouse nursery, operated by the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes, where the seed was removed from the heads, cleaned and prepared for planting. Seeds were planted into tubular containers and grown in the greenhouse for eight to nine months.

A video documenting the planting of sagebrush seedlings on the INL site in 2015 can be viewed on the INL YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlqcL_4aIno.





Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center
250 E. 5th Street, Suite 500, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

March 8, 2016
Media Contact:

Lynette Chafin, 513-246-0461
Lynette.Chafin@emcbc.doe.gov

DOE Awards Contract for the
Construction of Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) IX

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management today awarded a contract to North Wind Services, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, an American Native/Alaskan Native Owned Corporation as a non-competitive United States Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside. The contract supports the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) and is for construction of the ARP IX facility and ancillary structures over Pit 10 East in the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) of the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) located at the INL Site, Idaho Falls, Idaho. The firm-fixed-price construction letter contract is estimated at $1.7 million. The contract period will be one year from contract award.

The construction of the ARP IX facility is part of an overall environmental remediation of the radioactive and hazardous waste buried at the SDA and is in response to the selected remedy in the Operable Unit 7-13/14 Record of Decision. The ARP IX exhumation footprint is 0.69 acres. The building constructed under this contract will function as a weather protection enclosure for a target waste retrieval process in the SDA at RWMC. It also provides for canopies and passageways to two adjacent retrieval facilities of similar construction. This is the ninth and final retrieval enclosure to be constructed at the SDA in support of the ARP targeted waste exhumations.

The mission of the DOE Environmental Management program is the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and Government-sponsored nuclear energy research.


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DOE-NE Voucher Program for eligible small businesses is open for applications

March 1, 2016



As part of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative, the NE Voucher program will provide up to $2 million in this pilot year for access to expertise, knowledge, and facilities of the National Laboratories and our partner facilities to help advance nuclear energy technologies. Additional NE Voucher program information is available on the "Apply for a Voucher" page on the GAIN website, including an expanded scope description, frequently asked questions, copies of the standard research agreements that will be needed for the selected application, as well as the final Request for Assistance (RFA).

The application period starts on March 1 and will extend through March 30, 2016. Voucher selection notifications will be made in mid-May.

If you have questions or comments, we invite you to send them to gain@inl.gov. Industry input is appreciated as the GAIN initiative continues to develop its programs to help accelerate innovative nuclear energy technologies in the U.S.






Department of Energy Continues Commitment to the Development of Innovative Small Modular Reactors

February 18, 2016

Contact:

Danielle Miller, 208-526-5709


WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s plan to advance America’s leadership in clean energy innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that an agreement has been reached to support possible siting of an innovative small modular reactor (SMR) project within DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site.

This Site Use Permit has been granted to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to support possible siting of an innovative small modular reactor (SMR) project within the boundary of DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory INL) site.

"Small modular reactors are an important new step toward safe, reliable, carbon-free technology. Today’s announcement is a part of the Department of Energy’s ongoing commitment to strengthening nuclear energy’s role in America’s low carbon future,” said Lynn Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at DOE.

The INL Site Use Permit signed by DOE and UAMPS allows the latter to access the INL site to analyze environmental, safety, and siting conditions. UAMPS is currently working to identify potential locations that may be suitable for building the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) for further characterization and analysis. As potential locations are identified on the INL site, those locations will be provided to the Energy Department to ensure that the use of such site would not conflict with INL mission work.

Site characterization activities will be conducted in accordance with all established INL site stewardship protocols to include environmental protection, and historic and cultural resource preservation.

The CFPP is a commercial venture on a federal compound, and the successful deployment of a small modular reactor design would provide U.S. utilities with a greater range of nuclear energy options to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases. Small modular reactors feature compact, scalable designs that are expected to offer a host of safety, construction and economic benefits, and could potentially supply low-carbon baseload energy to small electric grids and locations that cannot support larger reactors.

If UAMPS identifies a suitable area within the INL site boundary for development of the CFPP, and if the Energy Department determines that the use of such site would not conflict with INL mission work, the design, construction, operation, and eventual decommissioning of an SMR at the selected site would be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), following extensive safety and environmental reviews.

The Site Use Permit signed by DOE and UAMPS can be found at DOE_UAMPS Use Permit DE-N700065.

The SMR design for the CFPP is being provided by NuScale Power TM of Portland, Oregon. For more information on this design, go to www.nuscalepower.com.

Find more information on the important steps the Energy Department is taking to jumpstart America’s nuclear industry and support clean energy innovation at www.energy.gov/ne.

Learn more about UAMPS and the CFPP at www.uamps.com.





Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center
250 E. 5th Street, Suite 500, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Media Contact:
February 4, 2016

Lynette Chafin, 513-246-0461
Lynette.Chafin@emcbc.doe.gov
Danielle Miller, 208-526-5709
millerdc@id.doe.gov

DOE Awards Contract for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Fluor Idaho, LLC, for the performance of ongoing Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) and Idaho Clean-up Project (ICP) work scopes in support of the DOE Office of Environmental Management’s cleanup mission at the Idaho Site. The value of the contract is $1.4 billion (including options), and the contract term five years. Two proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

The ICP Core contract is a performance based contract type that is primarily Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee (CPIF) with some scope set up as Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF). At the conclusion of this contract it is anticipated that all Idaho Settlement Agreement (ISA) transuranic (TRU) waste will be dispositioned out of Idaho and all Agreement to Implement/CERCLA Record of Decision buried waste will be exhumed from the Subsurface Disposal Area.

In an effort to align contractor and taxpayer interests, the ICP Core contract is a performance based contract type that is primarily Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee (CPIF) with some scope set up as Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF). The contract includes Cost Incentive, Schedule Milestone, Annual Milestone, and Performance Incentive fees, and will allow DOE to incentivize the contractor for meeting the contract requirements.

The base scope to be performed under this contract includes: stabilizing and storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste; dispositioning transuranic waste; retrieving targeted buried waste; closing the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) tank farm; maintaining Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial actions; and operating and maintaining the INTEC, Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC), and the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility (RSWF) facility infrastructure. Option scope to be performed under this contract includes: Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) operations. The IWTU option scope will be exercised at contract award.

The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.


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Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center
250 E. 5th Street, Suite 500, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Media Contact:
October 21, 2015

Lynette Chafin, 513-246-0461
Lynette.Chafin@emcbc.doe.gov

DOE Awards Contract for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Spectra Tech, Inc. for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement.   The NRC Licensed Facilities contract is for managing Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) storage facilities and licenses under NRC regulations.  The scope includes the management and operation of the Fort Saint Vrain (FSV) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) facility in Colorado (including security); the management, operation and oversight of the Three Mile Island-2 (TMI-2) ISFSI facility at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) in Idaho; and management of the Idaho Spent Fuel Facility (ISFF) license.  This is a hybrid type contract with Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) and Cost-Reimbursable (CR) Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs).  The approximate value of this contract is $31.6M with a base period of four years and one one-year option. Six proposals were received in response to this solicitation.

The work to be performed under the contract is to provide management, operation and oversight of the NRC licensed facilities, in accordance with the NRC licenses for the following:

  • Management and operation of the Fort Saint Vrain (FSV) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) facility (license number Special Nuclear Material (SNM)-2504) in Colorado,
  • Management, operation, and oversight of the Three Mile Island-2 (TMI-2) ISFSI facility (license number SNM-2508) at Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) in Idaho, and
  • Management of the Idaho Spent Fuel Facility (ISFF) license (license number SNM-2512).

The services to be provided under this acquisition shall include, but are not limited to, services for operations, physical security, general infrastructure (including utilities and communication services), maintenance and execution of the key programs (worker safety and health, occupational medical program, Integrated Safety Management System, emergency management, quality assurance, radiation protection, waste management, safeguards and security, information management, records management, property management, training, radiological environmental monitoring, aging management, natural gas and oil monitoring and radioactive effluent control), preparation of technical evidence to support license renewal for TMI-2, support of NRC or DOE inspections, and support for information requests.

The mission of the DOE Environmental Management program is the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and Government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Editorial Date Oct 21, 2015
By Danielle Miller



 

DOE-ID Press Releases and Video Clips

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DOE extends advanced mixed waste treatment project contract
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at the Idaho Site for a period of 6 months. .
DOE extends Idaho cleanup project contract
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho Site for a period of 6 months   ...
Lab leads national conversation on emerging threats to critical national services
DOE Seal Recognizing the need for strategic planning to address current resilience challenges in industry and government, the second National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure (NSRCI)  ..
Public invited to comment on Draft Supplement Analysis on Two Proposed Shipments of Commercial Nuclear Fuel
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites the public to read and comment on a draft supplement analysis it has prepared for a proposal to make two shipments of commercial l ...
DOE ISSUES FINAL RFP FOR IDAHO CLEANUP PROJECT CORE
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core procurement. At the end of this contract the majority of cleanupl ...
doe ISSUES A dRAFT rEQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION LICENSES FACILITIES PROCUREMENT
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement ...
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DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment on Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials at Idaho National Laboratory
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that resuming transient testing of nuclear fuels and materials at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will ...
Idaho Cold War Waste Removal Advancing as Work on Eighth Area Begins
DOE Seal IDAHO FALLS, ID - The U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho site cleanup contractor CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI) have begun removing Cold War weapons waste at the eighth area of the 97-acre Subsurface Disposal Area...
Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment it has prepared for a proposal to resume transient testing of nuclear fuels...
Department of Energy Designates the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility
DOE Seal IDAHO FALLS - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently designated Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility. Establishing the Wireless Test Bed as a National... This link opens an Adobe Acrobat File 35kb
New Book Updates INL’s History, Documents a Decade of Transformation
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy is releasing an update to the history of the Idaho National Laboratory, documenting a decade of transformation at the laboratory, and a “decade of doing” for the Idaho Cleanup Project. “Transformed: A Recent History of the Idaho ...
The Department of Energy Announces Major Cold War Legacy Waste Cleanup Milestone
DOE Seal CARLSBAD, NM – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste over the weekend. This marks an important milestone in DOE's mission to clean up the country's Cold War legacy.
Department of Energy Announces $39 Million to Strengthen University-Led Nuclear Energy Research and Development
DOE Seal Washington, D.C. – The Department of Energy today announced that it has awarded up to $39 million in research grants aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies and training and educating the next generation of leaders ...
PIT 9: From "Black Eye" to Part of DOE Cleanup Success
DOE Seal There was a time back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the words “Pit 9” were synonymous with failure. Failure on the part of a large company to execute its contract...
Energy Department and National Park Service Announce Clean Cities Partnership to Drive Sustainable National Parks. Efforts to Help Reduce Reliance on Imported Oil, Protect America’s Natural Resources.
DOE Seal WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitments to reducing America’s reliance on imported oil and protecting our nation’s air and water...
Idaho site completes demolition of Cold
War-era nuclear fuel reprocessing facility
DOE Seal A gravel mound, larger than half a city block and several feet thick, is the only visible feature that remains at the site of a Cold War-era spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho site. About $44 million ...
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