DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Aug. 18 to Aug. 31, 2009

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

No incidents to report.

Operational Summary

Waste shipments: through Aug. 8, 2009, a total of 28,991 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.35 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste and 1,221 cubic meters of previously buried transuranic waste have been shipped from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for disposal.  

Idaho Cleanup Project

Aug. 13: A front end loader moving soil inside the Advanced Retrieval Project-III facility hit the bucket of an excavator that was in the nearby service bay for repairs. The incident caused a series of events that pushed a ladder about 18 inches into a nearby worker. No one was injured and there was no damage to the equipment. All equipment operations were halted and a “step back” order was initiated by the operations foreman. (EM-ID-CWI-RWMC-2009-0006).

Aug. 13: While preparing to open a hatch in a cell in building CPP-666 at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, an operator received an electric shock. Work was stopped and the work area taken out of service until a trouble-shooting work package was developed. No one was seriously injured. A damaged wire was determined to be the source of the shock. (EM-ID—CWI-ICPWM-2009-0003).

Aug. 17: A representative of the Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) notified the Idaho Cleanup contractor that a fuel cask had been shipped to NRF with a plastic hitch pin installed in the shear ring, instead of the metal hitch pin, as required by the transport plan. A fact finding meeting was held, compensatory measures were taken and a formal analysis initiated. (EM-ID—CWI-FUELRCSTER-2009-0003).   

Operational Summary

Waste Processing: During the week of Aug. 7, workers processed 127 drums of excavated waste through the drum packaging station, and 173 drums through the Central Characterization Project. The waste is eventually sent to offsite, permitted disposal facilities.  

DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman (right) looks at a model of a plutonium heat source that is used on space missions during his recent visit to the Idaho National Laboratory.

Idaho National Laboratory

Aug. 5: A subcontractor delivery driver fractured his leg when making a delivery to the Laboratory Support Complex warehouse. The driver had kicked two loose pieces of lumber from the bed of the truck to the ground, and then landed on one of the pieces while jumping from his truck. The driver was taken to the local hospital for treatment. (NE-ID—BEA-CFA-2009-0003).  

Operational Summary

VIP Visitors: Deputy DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman and three United States Senators all visited the Idaho National Laboratory for tours and briefings on Aug. 17. In addition to the Deputy Secretary, Ohio Sen. George Voinovich and Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch got to see key parts of the INL infrastructure that support nuclear energy research. 



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Last updated January 08, 2010

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