DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period April 11 to April 25, 2011

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

April 11: BBWI, the Department of Energy’s contractor at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility, received notification from its subcontractor that the subcontractor has received a notice of probable violation for a shipment the subcontractor made of AMWTP-treated waste two years ago. The subcontractor is working with the regulators to resolve the issue. (EM-ID—BBWI-AMWTF-2011-0006).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of April 16, 2011, a total of 35,254 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 102.82 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 3,944 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

April 12: A grinder fell from the upper deck of scaffolding at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit construction site. The cord of the grinder struck the shoulder of a worker below. The employee was sent to the Central Facilities Medical clinic for evaluation as a precaution, and he was released back to work with no restrictions. Work above and below the scaffolding was secured pending a safety review. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2011-0003).

April 12: An equipment operator injured his knee while exiting a forklift outside of CPP-666 at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. The INL site physician determined the injury resulted in a fragment of bone tearing away from the knee. An investigation was conducted. (EM-ID—CWI-ICPWM-2011-0002).

April 18: A construction laborer fell while ascending scaffolding at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit construction site, causing a fracture in his right foot. A follow-up investigation into the incident was conducted. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2011-0004).  

Operational Summary

Buried waste exhumation: Waste processing operations continue in the Accelerated Retrieval Project-V with exhumation, staging trays of waste and processing drums for the week ending April 22, 2011, as follows: 115 drums were processed at the Drum Packaging Station and 72 through the Central Characterization Project.

Idaho National Laboratory

April 14: A computer code which was used to determine the maximum amount of radioactive material produced in the capsules in the hydraulic shuttle at the Advanced Test Reactor was found to be missing one line of code. While this error could potentially affect the safety analysis, after further review no impact to the analysis was found. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2011-0008).

April 18: Personnel at the INL’s Analytical Laboratory were preparing material for a mixed low-level waste shipment when it was determined that six waste samples could not be located in the proper storage location. The waste was later found in an outside cargo container. A critique was held and the waste samples retrieved for proper disposition. (NE-ID—BEA-AL-2011-0002).

April 25: Radiological contamination was found on the ground where an empty burned cargo container was sitting. The cargo container was one of three burned containers that were being removed from the area in preparation to complete repackaging of drums that were damaged in a 2010 fire. A sample from the contaminated area was taken for analysis and the cargo container was returned to its original position. The area around the cargo container was posted as a contamination zone and the fenced area around the containers was locked and posted. (NE-ID—BEA-TSD-2011-0001).

Operational Summary

Geothermal Energy Conference: The first-ever CAES Geothermal Energy Workshop was held in Idaho Falls recently. The workshop, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho's public research universities, aimed to build upon state and regional strengths to develop a comprehensive geothermal research and development initiative. Participants included representatives from CAES partner institutions, the geothermal industry, the state of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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Last updated May 02, 2011

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