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Idaho Site Draws Closer to Shipping More Than 2,200 Waste Drums to WIPP

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Idaho Site Draws Closer to Shipping More Than 2,200 Waste Drums to WIPP

More than 2,200 drums containing Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently received the green light for certification to be shipped out of state in compliance with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management’s (EM’s) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved documentation to allow for certification and shipment of 2,237 drums of transuranic (TRU) waste stored at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the INL Site. TRU waste consists of tools, rags, protective clothing, sludges, soil, and other materials contaminated with radioactive elements. These manmade elements have atomic numbers greater than uranium on the periodic table of elements, thus “trans-uranic” or beyond uranium.

CBFO is responsible for ensuring the INL Site and other waste generators across the DOE complex comply with the waste acceptance criteria at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

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New Well at Idaho Site to Target Hazardous Solvent Plume in Aquifer

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New Well at Idaho Site to Target Hazardous Solvent Plume in Aquifer

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently drilled a new well at the north end of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site that will help the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) enhance a groundwater treatment system that has been removing a hazardous solvent from the underlying aquifer for two decades.

USGS drilled the new well into the Snake River Plain Aquifer to a depth of 255 feet below the ground surface. Located near the former Test Area North (TAN) facility, the well will be used for bioremediation injections set to resume in August to reduce concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE) and other hazardous organic compounds in the aquifer beneath TAN.

Rich Abitz, director of the environmental restoration program at Fluor Idaho, EM’s INL Site contractor, said the new well will help EM target a residual TCE source zone in the aquifer that is inaccessible using current bioremediation injection wells.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Idaho Site Draws Closer to Shipping More Than 2,200 Waste Drums to WIPP

More than 2,200 drums containing Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently received the green light for certification to be shipped out of state in compliance with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New Well at Idaho Site to Target Hazardous Solvent Plume in Aquifer

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently drilled a new well at the north end of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site that will help the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) enhance a groundwater treatment system that has been removing a hazardous solvent from the underlying aquifer for two decades.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

INL Site Cleanup Project Achieved Objectives

Almost a year after shutting off three vapor treatment units at a former radioactive and hazardous waste landfill at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, analytical data from thousands of vapor samples indicate that cleanup objectives have been achieved and the units will likely remain off in perpetuity.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Idaho Site Hot Cells Once Again Prove Value for EM Waste Treatment Mission

The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management’s (EM’s) use of repurposed, Cold War-era hot cells at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site continues to pay big dividends by allowing workers to address some of the most challenging waste types at the Idaho Cleanup Project.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Idaho Site’s Largest Building Moves Closer to Closure

With the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management’s (EM) mission completed in major sections of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s largest building, workers have emptied those areas to prepare them for closure under federal and state regulations.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Idaho's Historic Waste Disposal Site to Close After Receiving Final Shipment

Environmental Management (EM) crews recently placed a final radioactive waste shipment into the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s largest waste disposal area and will begin closing the facility, fulfilling a Department of Energy commitment to the state of Idaho.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Idaho Waste Program Adapts to Pandemic Challenges, Advances Cleanup Mission

An Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site program has adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to ship waste out of the state in support of the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EM Sites Team Up to Conduct Virtual Waste Inspection

Two Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) programs recently collaborated to enhance an established radioactive waste inspection process, allowing for continued safe, secure and compliant waste shipments from one DOE site to another, while minimizing travel and person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review: Idaho Cleanup Actions Continue to Protect Public, Environment

A review by the Environment Management (EM) Program recently conducted with oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency and state of Idaho found that cleanup decisions and actions at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site continue to protect people and the environment.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Idaho Project Draws From Technology Used in Smartphone, Gaming Industries

An Environmental Management project at the Idaho National Laboratory Site is using robotic technology and taking cues from the smartphone and gaming industries to increase the dexterity of equipment operators.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Idaho Liquid Waste Treatment Facility Benefiting From Mock-ups

Fluor Idaho and the Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) Program’s use of replica components of a liquid waste treatment facility at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site has proven effective in preparing for the facility’s active operations.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Rock Climbing Lured Engineer to the West, Cleanup Project Keeps Him Here

After earning engineering degrees from Cornell University, Christopher Graham left the east coast for the Rocky Mountains to advance his interest in rock climbing. He got a job in Spokane, Washington, and climbed on the weekends.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Idaho Site Facility Gets New Lease on Life with Substantial Upgrades

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has made a sizable investment over the last five years to improve infrastructure and support mission needs through 2050 at the 1950s-era Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Fluor Idaho Employee Volunteers to Feed, Provide Clothing to People in Need

Three years ago while attending church, Kirk Wilkie, the United Steelworkers safety representative with Department of Energy contractor Flour Idaho at the Idaho National Laboratory Site, vowed to do more charitable work in his community.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Idaho Calcine Project Partners with University for Radiation Testing

Engineers with cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho are working with Idaho State University to conduct radiation testing on components to be used to remove a granulated high-level radioactive waste called calcine from a storage bin at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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