DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period November 29 to December 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: Ten of twelve planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico the week ending December 10, 2011. The missing shipments were due to winter weather conditions. All the shipments contained exhumed waste from the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP).


Idaho Cleanup Project

Dec. 21: While conducting routine surveys around the Accelerated Retrieval Project facilities, a technician discovered contamination in three small areas in the ARP-VI facility. An investigation into the cause of the contamination was initiated. There were no injuries or personnel contamination. (EM-ID—CWI-RWMC-2011-0003).    

Operational Summary

Reprocessing Facility Removed: 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 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds helped Idaho Cleanup Project crews accelerate the demolition of the facility that during its 40 years of operation recovered more than $1 billion worth of uranium.


Idaho National Laboratory

Dec. 5: An inadequate barrier had been established to restrict access to an electrical hazardous energy source at the Advanced Test Reactor. Management was notified and a boundary rope was relocated to an adequate distance. (NE-ID—BEA-ATR-2011-0019).

Dec. 14: Three counterfeit bolts were discovered in use at an INL research facility. The suspect bolts were replaced and turned over to Quality Assurance for appropriate disposition. (NE-ID—BEA-INLLABS-2011-0007).

Operational Summary

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference: More than 350 western farmers, landowners, food processors, utilities and representatives of the clean energy industry gathered recently in Boise for an annual conference that seeks to create connections and identify opportunities for the agriculture and energy industries to advance rural economic development through clean energy. The Idaho National Laboratory was a prime sponsor of the conference.

This year's agenda included keynote presentations and plenary sessions on dairy sustainability and biofuels for aviation in addition to panel discussions and project overviews of solar and wind energy development, energy-efficiency opportunities and Idaho’s unique geothermal projects.    

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Last updated January 03, 2012

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