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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Idaho Site Hosts DOE Safety Culture Workshop, IT Collaboration Meeting

EM and its Idaho National Laboratory Site contractor Fluor Idaho hosted two DOE complex-wide events last week, a safety culture workshop and information technology (IT) collaboration meeting.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Planning Underway for Eventual AMWTP Closure

The ultimate closure of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) will involve a coordinated effort among the state of Idaho, EM, the DOE Idaho Operations Office, and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

AMWTP’s Legacy of Success

Following its eventual closure, the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) will leave behind a legacy of being a successful waste treatment facility that was well conceived, built, and executed.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Work at AMWTP Continues After Waste Treatment Mission

The transuranic (TRU) waste debris treatment mission scheduled to conclude this fall at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site represents a relatively small footprint within the broader Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Robotic Arms, Supercompactor Slice and Squash Challenging Waste

Two pieces of equipment at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) deliver a proverbial one-two punch to help the facility with the disposition of waste more safely and efficiently.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

AMWTP Adapted to Difficult Waste Types, Unusual Containers

Challenging waste types and uniquely shaped waste containers have kept things interesting for employees of the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Idaho Facility’s Distinctiveness Stands Test of Time

The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) has maintained its uniqueness since the mid-1990s, when it was envisioned: one facility capable of retrieving, characterizing, treating, certifying, and shipping transuranic (TRU) waste.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Employees Reminisce as Treatment Mission Nears End

For employees of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory Site, the anticipated completion of the facility’s transuranic (TRU) waste debris treatment mission this fall is bittersweet.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Idaho’s AMWTP Event Focuses on Dedication, Achievements of Employees

Elected officials, DOE personnel, and others recognized the efforts of employees of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) last week during an event to mark the upcoming completion of the facility’s transuranic waste debris treatment mission at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Idaho Team Employs Unique Equipment to Tear Down Legacy Reactor

EM crews recently demolished a legacy research reactor built in the 1950s at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), using innovative tools to break down its 4.5-foot-thick concrete shield.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Idaho Site Marks 500th WIPP Shipment Since Facility’s Reopening

EM crews safely and compliantly sent the 500th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste from the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) since the disposal facility reopened and resumed receiving waste in April 2017.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Panelists Spotlight Cleanup Successes Across EM Complex

EM federal and contractor leaders from several sites highlighted major successes in the cleanup program during a panel session at this year’s National Cleanup Workshop.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Aquifer Protection Central to Idaho Site Cleanup

When it comes to cleanup at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, it’s “all about the aquifer” — the Snake River Plain Aquifer, that is, the primary drinking and agricultural water source for more than 300,000 residents.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Interns Reflect on Rewarding Experiences Working at Idaho Site

Daniel Walker is a non-traditional college student who enrolled at Idaho State University (ISU) a decade after graduating from high school.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Idaho Facility's Mission Nears End as Crews Treat Remaining Waste

The mission of EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) is coming to an end as workers are set to finish transuranic (TRU) waste treatment there this fall.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Idaho Site Finishes Landfill Cap Design as Waste Removal Nears Completion

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho have completed the design for the cover to a 97-acre Cold War landfill as workers move closer to removing all targeted transuranic waste there.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Idaho Site Improves Waste Treatment Facility After Successful Demonstration

EM workers at the Idaho National Laboratory Site are completing several improvements to the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) following a 50-day demonstration of the facility.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Idaho Site Safely Completes Waste Processing, Cleanup at ARP Facility

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho have safely finished processing remaining waste at an Idaho National Laboratory Site facility following a breach of four drums containing radioactive sludge there last year.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Idaho Site Safely Resizes, Repackages Challenging Waste Boxes for Disposal

EM crews at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site have safely finished reducing the size of large, contaminated legacy waste boxes and debris and repackaging them for shipment to permanent disposal facilities.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Health Physicist Recruits Graduates to Idaho Site

An early career professional is recruiting college graduates to work in EM's cleanup at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site as a growing number of employees reach retirement age.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Radiation Protection Manager Committed to Idaho Site Employee Development

Thirty years ago, Eric Mickelsen, then a young journeyman bricklayer, completed a radiation protection program course at a vocational-technical school where he was laying brick and was quickly hired as a junior radiological control technician at the Hanford Site.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

EM's Idaho Cleanup Contractor Sponsors STEAM Day at Local Zoo

How can a third-grader lift a zebra? How do you calculate what it takes to feed a tiger? What is the science behind how a bird sings? What are the geometric shapes found in a penguin?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Idaho Calcine Retrieval Crews Use Full-Scale Model to Test Technologies

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho began demonstrations this month simulating the retrieval of a radioactive waste known as calcine.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Idaho Waste Treatment Plant Benefits From Young Engineer's Talent, Dedication

Allyson Ferry quickly proved her value as a new employee of the EM cleanup at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory Site soon after graduating from the University of Michigan with a chemical engineering degree.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

EM's Idaho Site Recognizes WIPP Anniversary, Prepares for Its Own Milestone

As the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) celebrates its 20th anniversary, the largest shipper to the facility - the EM program at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site - is set to achieve a milestone of its own.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

EM Moves Major Step Closer to Completing Idaho Waste Exhumation Project

EM crews recently finished exhuming radioactive and hazardous waste from a combined area of 5 acres at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

New Technology Improves Efficiency of Waste Characterization at Idaho Facility

EM workers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site are employing an innovative technology to characterize more than 320 drums, boxes, and objects that have been difficult to measure with other equipment used at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Japanese Delegation Gains Insight into EM's Idaho Cleanup

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently hosted a tour at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site for Japanese engineers helping with the ongoing cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor accident.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

From Graphic Artist to Idaho Nuclear Facility Manage

In any Nuclear Hazard Category 2 or 3 facility, when the lights come on in the morning, until crews go home at night, there's one critical position that oversees the compliance and safety of all operations, the Nuclear Facility Manager (NFM).

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Idaho Site Featured at 2019 Waste Management Symposia

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was the featured U.S. site at this year's Waste Management Symposia, a nod to the lab celebrating its 70th anniversary and its cleanup program celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Women in Waste Management Discussion Focuses on Transformational Leadership

A willingness to work hard, take risks and chart new paths rather than accept the status quo are often the characteristics of true transformational leaders, panelists agreed during the Women in Waste Management discussion at the 2019 Waste Management Symposia.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Workers Complete Fuel Transfer Work Scope at Idaho Site

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed a 12-year effort bringing DOE closer to meeting a 2023 milestone with the state of Idaho that all spent nuclear fuel be transferred to dry storage at the Department's Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

'2018 Year in Review' Details Progress in EM's Cleanup

EM has published its 2018 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of the year.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Idaho Site Puts Engineering Principles into Action for Students

Area students have a better idea of how engineering principles impact their lives thanks to engineers from Fluor Idaho, EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Idaho Cleanup Contractor Surpasses 2-Million-Hour Safety Milestone

EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently reached a safety benchmark by exceeding 2 million hours without a lost workday due to reported illness or injury.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Idaho Cleanup Contractor Marks Multiple Safety Successes

A group within Fluor Idaho, EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, has achieved a new record by working more than a dozen years without a recordable injury or first-aid incident.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Idaho Crews Tackle Challenging Waste Boxes

Idaho Crews Tackle Challenging Waste Boxes

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