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  Investigation into Cause of April 11 Drum Event at INL Site Concludes       Buried Waste Retrieval Resumes at DOE Idaho SIte  
     
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October 25, 2018
 
Fluor Idaho LLC, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory Site, recently completed an investigation into the cause of an April 11 event where four radioactive waste drums experienced excessive pressure and ejected their lids and contents following transuranic waste processing and repackaging. There were no injuries or release of radioactive materials to the environment during the incident.  DOE provided oversight of all stages of the investigation.
 
Based on more than five months of analysis and testing of actual waste material by two independent laboratories, an investigation team has concluded the drum breach incident was caused by a reactive metal with radionuclides heating up after coming into contact with air for the first time in nearly 40 years.  
     
 
September 11, 2018
 
Fluor Idaho, LLC, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory Site, has resumed the exhumation of buried Cold War weapons waste following a safety review.

Fluor Idaho temporarily suspended buried waste exhumation at the Accelerated Retrieval Project VIII facility as a precaution following an April 11 drum breach at the nearby Accelerated Retrieval Project V site. Following a review, Fluor Idaho revised the waste exhumation and repackaging process with additional controls to mitigate the risk of a similar event. The controls include raking and thermal monitoring of exhumed sludge waste prior to repackaging.
 
 
     
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Press Releases

2018
 
September 11, 2018:
 
Buried Waste Retrieval Resumes at DOE Idaho Site
Fluor Idaho, LLC, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site, has resumed the exhumation of buried Cold War weapons waste following a safety review.
 
August 20, 2018:
 
Fluor Idaho Provides Significant Economic Benefit to the State of Idaho
Fluor Idaho, LLC, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site, created thousands of jobs and generated more than $800 milllion in overall economic benefit to the state of Idaho last year, according to a recently completed study.
 
July 24, 2018:
 
Work Resumes at the Idaho Cleanup Glovebox Facilities
Following a review of safety measures, Idaho Cleanup Project contractor Fluor Idaho has resumed work in all of its glovebox facilities at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site.
 
June 4, 2018:
 
Cleanup Begins at DOE Idaho Building Site of Drum Breach
Cleanup has begun at the scene of an April 11 incident involving the breach of four 55-gallon drums at the Department of Energy's Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) in eastern Idaho.
 
April 23, 2018:
 
Team Re-Enters Building Where Drum Breach Occurred at DOE Idaho Site
A three-person team re-entered the Accelerated Retrieval Project V (ARP V) facility of the Department of Energy's Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) on April 19 to collect data from the scene of an April 11 drum breach.
 
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April 18, 2018:

Investigation Involving Waste Drum Continues at DOE Idaho Site
U.S. Department of Energy and Fluor Idaho officials are continuing an investigation into the cause of a waste drum incident April 11 at the Accelerated Retrieval Project V (ARP V) facility of the Department of Energy's Radioactive Waste Management Compex (RWMC). 
 
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April 12, 2018:

No Injuries or External Contamination Detected from Incident at DOE-Idaho Site
Emergency operations were terminated following an incident at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP 5) containment structure at the Department of Energy’s Idaho site.
 

 
April 12, 2018:
 
Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department responds to incident at RWMC
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Fire Department responded to a fire alarm late Wednesday night at the Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP 5) containment structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) involving release of material from a drum on the Department of Energy’s INL Site.
 

 
April 12, 2018:
 
Aerial photo showing the Accelerated Retrieval Project V facility at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex
 
April 12, 2018:
 
Department of Energy’s Emergency Operations Center is gathering information about a reported incident at the Idaho Site
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho site Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and is gathering information about a reported incident at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
 

2017
 
November 2, 2017:
 
Fluor Idaho Purchases More Than $78 Million in Goods, Services from Small Businesses
Fluor Idaho, LLC, which conducts cleanup of the Department of Energy's Idaho Site, more than doubled its small business goals for the recently completed fiscal year, contributing more than $78 million to small businesses for goods and services.
 
October 23, 2017:
 
50th Waste Shipment From Idaho Arrives at New Mexico Repository
The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Site and Idaho Cleanup Project contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed it's 50th shipment of Cold War weapons waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since the New Mexico repository reopened in April.
 

August 2, 2017:
 
Waste Compaction Equipment Reaches Performance Milestone
A unique piece of equipment at the Department of Energy’s Idaho site that compacts transuranic waste recently achieved 100,000 hours of operation and performance and reliability indicate a capability for additional years of service.
 
May 1, 2017:
 
Fluor Idaho Partners with Idaho Falls Zoo
Fluor Idaho is partnering with the Idaho Falls Zoo for the 2017 season to introduce the first annual "STEM Day at the Zoo" and "Exploration Stations."
 
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March 2, 2017:
 
Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Significant Waste Retrieval Milestone
For more than 20 years, a gigantic building – covering seven acres of land at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho site – has been the temporary storage location for hundreds of thousands of containers filled with radioactively contaminated materials. 
 

 
2016
 
October 26, 2016:
 
Idaho Site earns Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
The Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources has selected the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory as the recipient of the 2016 Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Efficiency.
 

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September 20, 2016:
 
Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Buried Cleanup Accomplishment
Crews with Fluor Idaho, LLC, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Site have completed a significant cleanup accomplishment that further protects the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer, the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans.
 

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June 1, 2016:
 
Fluor Idaho Begins Operations at DOE's Idaho Site
Operational responsibilities for environmental management work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office were transitioned to Fluor Idaho, LLC today, marking the start of a five-year contract to support cleanup at the Department’s Idaho site.
 
 

 

 
 
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