DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Nov. 24 to Dec. 8, 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 Dec. 5, 2009, 30,306 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste, 85.37 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste and 12,181 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

No items to report.

Operational Summary

Buried Waste Retrieval: Construction is completed on the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP)-IV (which will retrieve targeted buried waste from Pit 5), with start activities beginning Nov. 30. Actual exhumation of targeted waste is expected to begin in January. Construction continues at ARP-V, which will lead to exhumation of targeted buried waste from Pit 9.  

Idaho National Laboratory

Nov. 24: Start-up of the Advanced Test Reactor was interrupted by an instrument problem. The problem was diagnosed and corrected and reactor start-up resumed. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2009-0024).

Nov. 24: During routine weekly boiler feed waste pump testing at the Specific Manufacturing Capability project, a boiler was overfilled when a backup pump was discovered running when it should not have been. The overfill triggered an alarm and the boiler and backup pump were both shut down. No evidence of damage to the boiler was observed. A critique of the incident was held. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2009-0014).

Nov. 30: A construction subcontractor working on a project at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility removed an electrical component without following proper safety procedures. All work on the construction project was placed on hold until construction management evaluated sub-contract work practices. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2009-0015).

Dec. 2: The Advanced Test Reactor was shut down when a calculation error was discovered in the assurance package for that particular reactor operating cycle. The reactor remained in shutdown until the error was corrected and a re-calculation performed. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2009-0025).

 Operational Summary

ATR National User Facility Update: The Advanced Test Reactor National User Facility is evaluating submitted proposals for university experiments from its fall 2009 open solicitation period with anticipated awarding of proposals in February 2010. Additionally, proposals were received for performing work at the Advanced Photon Source Facility, a partner facility to the NSUF.  



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Last updated January 08, 2010

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