Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Idaho Facility Successfully Treats, Repackages Challenging Waste
Fluor Idaho crews at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently completed remote treatment and repackaging of some of the most challenging waste in the facility’s 17-year history.
Metal particles known as "fines" were among the waste workers safely treated and repackaged at AMWTP. The fines, generated during historic weapons development, had been sent to the INL Site from the former Rocky Flats Plant, a DOE Environmental Management (EM) closure site near Denver. In all, 176 drums in AMWTP’s inventory were believed to contain the reactive metal.
“We had to revise our operating permit with the state of Idaho, put additional controls in place, and complete extra training with our staff before embarking on this waste treatment campaign,” said Nate Loftus, a manager with Fluor Idaho, EM’s INL Site cleanup contractor. “Our workers performed flawlessly. The work was done safely and according to procedures.”