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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.

Calcine is a dried byproduct of the legacy spent nuclear fuel reprocessing mission at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

The engineers partnered with physicists at the Idaho Accelerator Center Imaging Laboratory at the university to subject electronic components, rubber seals and eight small video cameras to high levels of radiation to replicate the conditions the components will encounter once inserted into a concrete bin set that houses 220 cubic meters of calcine.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Idaho Site Crews Inspect 1970s-Era Vaults, Spent Nuclear Fuel Assemblies

canisters identified as “high risk” continue to be safely stored in five underground vaults following inspections to characterize the integrity of the fuel packages.

No water was present, hydrogen levels remain acceptable and minimal fuel canister degradation due to corrosion was observed in the inspections inside the vaults at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

“The results were very encouraging,” said Robert Gentry, the INTEC nuclear operations director for Fluor Idaho, DOE’s cleanup contractor at the INL Site. “Our teams were able to gain valuable video information that showed the integrity of the vaults and fuel canisters remains satisfactory.”

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Mock-ups Prove Effective in Testing Idaho Waste Treatment Facility

Cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho has been working with a local small business to create mock-ups of critical equipment needed to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste from underground tanks at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

INL Site Project Explores Virtual Reality to Improve Safety, Work Performance

Once the subject of futuristic movies, virtual reality (VR) technology is being used by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho with the aim of reducing potential radiation exposure to workers and improving work performance.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fluor Idaho Collaborates With Battelle Energy Alliance To Remove Idaho National Laboratory Legacy Reactor

Environmental Management (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 3, 2019

Idaho Site Finishes Landfill Cover Design as Waste Removal Nears Completion

The Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) program and its cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho have completed the design for the cover to a 97-acre Cold War landfill at the Idaho National Laboratory Site 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

Crews for Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho 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 at Accelerated Retrieval Project V Facility

Crews for Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) 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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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Idaho Site Safely Resizes, Repackages Challenging Waste Boxes for Disposal

Environmental Management (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, June 4, 2019

Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Completes its Longest Test Run

Fluor Idaho crews recently completed a 50-day demonstration of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit, treating more than 62,200 gallons of a non-radioactive simulant that mimics waste from an underground tank farm at Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New Technology Improves Efficiency of Waste Characterization at Idaho Facility

Workers at the Idaho National Laboratory 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.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Fluor Idaho and its Employees Provided Significant Economic Benefit to the State of Idaho in 2018

Fluor Idaho, LLC, the cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site, created thousands of jobs and generated more than $800 million in overall economic benefit to the state of Idaho last year, according to a recently completed study.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

INL Site Moves Major Step Closer to Completing Waste Exhumation Project

Crews recently finished exhuming radioactive and hazardous waste from a combined area of 5 acres at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

No Injuries or External Contamination Detected from Incident at DOE-Idaho Site

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.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Idaho National Laboratory Site Cleanup Contractor Announces Workforce Restructuring

Idaho National Laboratory Site cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho, LLC announced Monday to its employees a workforce restructuring action on the Idaho Cleanup Project, to consist of a Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program and an Involuntary Separation Program, if needed.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Spent Nuclear Fuel Buckets Extend Storage Facility's Mission

Fluor Idaho, cleanup contractor at Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site, recently created new fuel buckets that allow it to store more Advanced Test Reactor spent nuclear fuel elements in the remaining space of a dry storage facility.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

INL Site Well Rehabilitated Using Innovative Technology

A deep aquifer monitoring well at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site has been rehabilitated and will return to service after it tested positive for an industrial solvent three years ago.

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