DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period September 12 to September 26, 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

Nothing to report.  

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments: As of Sept. 17, 2011, a total of 36,412 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic waste, 106.72 cubic meters of remote-handled transuranic waste, and 4,904 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

Nothing to report.   

Operational Summary

New Haul Road Completed: A new haul road for heavy cask transfers was completed and the Department of Energy accepted the transfer on September 15, 2011. The new haul road ties the Materials and Fuels Complex with the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center and provides the opportunity to retain heavy cask shipments on site to avoid the shutdown of public highways. The new haul road is approximately ten miles long and is one of the final Recovery Act-funded projects in Idaho.  


Idaho National Laboratory

Sept. 13: The #3 Deep Well diesel generator was declared inoperable during testing at the Advanced Test Reactor Complex. The reactor was in a planned outage at the time. Replacement parts were ordered and the generator was repaired. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2011-0016).

Sept. 14: An inadequate lockout/tagout was observed at the Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) Project. No exposure to hazardous energy was present and there was no exposure to personnel. A safety stand-down was initiated until a review of all SMC lockout/tagouts was performed. (NE-ID—BEA-SMC-2011-0013).

Sept. 22: A laborer suffered a torn tendon while trying to lift heavy equipment at University Building 4 on the INL’s Research and Education Campus. He was diagnosed by a private physician and surgery was scheduled. An accident investigation was completed. (NE-ID—BEA-STC-2011-0006).

Sept. 22: Researchers found an incorrectly identified radioactive source during material evaluation at an Idaho Falls laboratory facility. The source was labeled as Germanium-68, but was in fact Sodium-22. The misidentification occurred when a Sodium-22 source was mislabeled at the Fuels and Applied Sciences Building and incorrectly sent to the Idaho Falls Physics Lab as Germanium-68. Laboratory management was notified and a critique of the incident was scheduled. (NE-ID—BEA-INL-LABS-2011-0005).

Sept. 26: A contractor at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) notified the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) that wooden waste containers shipped from the INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex were leaking dry, granular absorbent upon delivery at the NNSS. There was no hazardous or radioactive material in the leaked absorbent. A copy of the material safety data sheet for the absorbent was provided to the Nevada contractor and an administrative hold was placed on shipping wooden waste containers to offsite locations pending further evaluation. The leak was reported to the NNSA state regulator. (NE-ID—BEA-MFC-2011-0006).

Operational Summary

Back to School: Scientists and engineers from industry, academia and national labs headed back to school this summer to learn how to use two new cutting-edge research tools at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies located at the Idaho National Laboratory.
More than 30 students attended the CAES-sponsored courses, one of which focused on 3D visualization using the center's computer-assisted virtual environment (CAVE) and another on materials characterization and analysis using a focused ion beam and a local electrode atom probe in CAES' new Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS). This is the first year CAES has offered the summer courses.

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Last updated September 28, 2011

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