DOE-Idaho Operations Summary

DOE-ID Bi-Weekly Summary
For the Period Mar. 19, 2013 to Apr. 3, 2013

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

March 19: During waste processing at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility, a technician observed a small flame and smoke coming from a punctured cylinder. The technician extinguished the fire, the INL Fire Department responded and confirmed the fire was out, and there were no injuries or damage. (EM-ID—ITG-AMWTF-2013-0007).

Operational Summary

Waste Shipments:  Seven of seven planned shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste and two of two planned shipments of remote-handled transuranic waste were made from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico for the week ending March 23, 2013.    

Idaho Cleanup Project

March 21: A manager at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit determined that a required systems test was not conducted at the facility on a quarterly basis, as required by safety surveillance requirements for the facility. The required systems test was conducted at the facility, which was in standby mode and has been shut down since June 16, 2012. (EM-ID—CWI-IWTU-2013-0002).

Operational Summary

Recovery of Integrated Waste Treatment Unit: Recovery operations continue at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit, the new facility designed to treat the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid waste stored at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. Recent actions included installation of the Off Gas Filter bundles, and reassembly of the Off Gas Filter head was initiated.  With completion of the Off Gas Filter work, modifications and reassembly of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit filter units will be complete. The IWTU has been shut down since last June after a pressure incident during start-up operations. 

Idaho National Laboratory

March 20: A subcontractor working to move a metal canopy behind the Willow Creek Building in Idaho Falls dropped the canopy off the forklift. There were no injuries or damage from the incident. The subcontractor was stopped from performing forklift work until it submits and receives approval for a corrective action plan. (NE-ID—BEA-STC-2013-0001).

Operational Summary

New Laboratory Dedicated: The Idaho National Laboratory recently dedicated its new Energy Systems Laboratory on its Idaho Falls Research and Education Campus. The new facility has 54,000 square feet of reconfigurable laboratory research space, plus a large laboratory for biomass characterization. “Our new Energy Systems Laboratory adds significant research capabilities that will contribute to the timely, material and efficient transformation of America’s energy systems and infrastructure,” said Steve Aumeier, Energy and Environment associate laboratory director, who is responsible for research in the new ESL. “The impact of research at ESL is to enhance the nation’s global competitiveness by advancing energy security through integration of clean energy systems, advancement of energy storage technologies, and biomass design and analysis,” Aumeier said.


DOE-ID Operations Summary Releases

Last updated April 04, 2013

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