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July 28, 2015

SECTION 3161 ANNOUNCEMENT: Draft Update to the Workforce Restructuring Plan for the Idaho National Laboratory Site

Today the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office posted for comment a routine five-year draft update to its general workforce restructuring plan for contractor employees at the department’s Idaho National Laboratory site.

This periodic general plan update does not incorporate any change in policy since the department’s 2010 plan, and is not being updated pursuant to any anticipated reduction in the Idaho National Laboratory Site workforce.  The department is updating this plan to make it consistent with the nationwide standard plan template developed since 2011 and finalized in DOE Order 350.3 entitled: “Labor Standards Compliance, Contractor Labor Relations, and Contractor Workforce Restructuring Programs.” 

This general plan continues to establish the department’s approach for responding to changing missions and contractor structure at the INL Site for Fiscal Year 2015 and beyond.  The draft Plan is available on the DOE-ID website for public comment through August 11, 2015.  The department will finalize the draft plan at the end of the comment period after any comments have been resolved.

Workforce restructuring plans are maintained at U.S. Department of Energy sites nationwide under requirements of Section 3161 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 to mitigate impacts of potential workforce reductions on contractor employees at sites, and on communities surrounding sites.

The draft plan update is available for review at: http://www.id.doe.gov/insideNEID/PublicInvolvement.htm

Comments on this routine plan update can be submitted to Paul Allen at allenph@id.doe.gov.


INL News Release
June 25, 2015

Misty Benjamin, 208-351-9900, misty.benjamin@inl.gov
Laura Scheele, 219-381-8672, laura.scheele@inl.gov

Lab leads national conversation on emerging threats to critical national services

IDAHO FALLS — Recognizing the need for strategic planning to address current resilience challenges in industry and government, the second National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure (NSRCI) will be held at the Resilience Week event in Philadelphia. This symposium will complement the ongoing International Symposium on Resilient Control, Cyber, Cognitive and Communications Systems, which addresses the research challenges associated with cyber and physical security threats to critical infrastructure.

Resilience has emerged in the national conversation as the ability to continue providing the most vital services while damaged infrastructure is restored. From significant electrical infrastructure failures to potable water concerns, INL is leading efforts to understand the challenges associated with restoration of services.

Resilience Week provides an opportunity for stakeholders to understand the state of research in cyber and physical security for critical infrastructure in all 16 critical infrastructure sectors. This year, the following plenary and keynote speakers will present their perspectives on the multidisciplinary challenges associated with resilience:
• Patricia Hoffman, Department of Energy
• Richard Danzig, Center for a New American Security
• Pramod Khargonekar, National Science Foundation
• Nassim Taleb, New York University School of Engineering
• Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
• Frank Lewis, University of Texas, Arlington
• Wenjing Lou, National Science Foundation
• Jalal Mapar, Department of Homeland Security
• Najmedin Meshkati, University of Southern California
• Edward Rhyne, Department of Homeland Security
• Paul Stockton, Sonecon, LLC
• Ananthram Swami, Army Research Laboratory

What: Resilience Week: Transforming the Resilience of Cognitive, Cyber-physical Systems
When: Aug. 18-20, 2015
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

INL is one of the DOE’s national laboratories, and has thought leadership in defining and addressing resilience in industrial control systems through its Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems R&D portfolio. INL leads research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment, and is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Its day-to-day management and operation is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

Following the success of last year’s GridGame competition, where students and other Resilience Week participants explored the cyber-physical challenges of operating a grid, this year’s competition is seeking at-large participants for a new Java version of the game. Tweet: I want to play! @mcjavajunky #gridgame2015.

Follow @INL on Twitter or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IdahoNationalLaboratory.

—INL-15-012 —


Media Contact:
Tim Jackson
(208) 526-8484

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2015

Public invited to comment on Draft Supplement Analysis on Two Proposed Shipments of Commercial Nuclear Fuel to Idaho National Laboratory for Research and Development Purposes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites the public to read and comment on a draft supplement analysis it has prepared for a proposal to make two shipments of commercial nuclear fuel rods totaling 80 to 100 kilograms heavy metal (40 to 50 kilograms heavy metal in each of the two shipments) to Idaho National Laboratory for research and development purposes.

DOE prepared this draft supplement analysis in accordance with 10 CFR 1021.314(c), to determine whether an existing environmental impact statement should be supplemented, a new environmental impact statement should be prepared, or that no further NEPA documentation is required for this proposed action.

The draft supplement analysis i available at the following web links: Draft Supplement Analysis on Two Proposed Shipments of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel to Idaho National Laboratory for Research and Development Purposes- 3 Mb   and http://www.id.energy.gov/insideNEID/PublicInvolvement.htm

The 30-day public comment period on the draft supplement analysis will conclude on July 13, 2015. Comments can be submitted by mail to Jack Depperschmidt, NEPA Document Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-1222; phone 208-526-5053; or by email to comnfsa@id.doe.gov. Paper copies of the document are available from Mr. Depperschmidt on request.

A determination concerning the need for any further NEPA analysis will follow the public comment period. No decision has been made at this time regarding the destination of the proposed spent nuclear fuel shipments; that decision will be made following completion of this NEPA process.

Editorial Date June 11, 2015
By Tim Jackson


DOE-ID Press Releases and Video Clips

U.S. Department of Energy Idaho Operations Office
1955 Fremont Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83415

DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core procurement. At the end of this contract the majority of cleanupl ...
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DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment on Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials at Idaho National Laboratory
DOE Seal The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that resuming transient testing of nuclear fuels and materials at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will ...
Idaho Cold War Waste Removal Advancing as Work on Eighth Area Begins
DOE Seal IDAHO FALLS, ID - The U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho site cleanup contractor CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI) have begun removing Cold War weapons waste at the eighth area of the 97-acre Subsurface Disposal Area...
Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials
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Department of Energy Designates the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility
DOE Seal IDAHO FALLS - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently designated Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility. Establishing the Wireless Test Bed as a National... This link opens an Adobe Acrobat File 35kb
New Book Updates INL’s History, Documents a Decade of Transformation
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The Department of Energy Announces Major Cold War Legacy Waste Cleanup Milestone
DOE Seal CARLSBAD, NM – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste over the weekend. This marks an important milestone in DOE's mission to clean up the country's Cold War legacy.
Department of Energy Announces $39 Million to Strengthen University-Led Nuclear Energy Research and Development
DOE Seal Washington, D.C. – The Department of Energy today announced that it has awarded up to $39 million in research grants aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies and training and educating the next generation of leaders ...
PIT 9: From "Black Eye" to Part of DOE Cleanup Success
DOE Seal There was a time back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the words “Pit 9” were synonymous with failure. Failure on the part of a large company to execute its contract...
Energy Department and National Park Service Announce Clean Cities Partnership to Drive Sustainable National Parks. Efforts to Help Reduce Reliance on Imported Oil, Protect America’s Natural Resources.
DOE Seal WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitments to reducing America’s reliance on imported oil and protecting our nation’s air and water...
Idaho site completes demolition of Cold
War-era nuclear fuel reprocessing facility
DOE Seal 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 ...
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