Office of Environmental Management

Workers Upgrade Idaho Site Facility to Allow for New Waste Treatment Mission

June 28, 2017

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A project engineer with EM contractor North Wind, inspects fabrication of a new hatch cover.
Ken Krivanek, a project engineer with EM contractor North Wind, inspects fabrication of a new hatch cover, part of the upgrades to the New Waste Calcining Facility hot cell.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Workers at EM’s Idaho Site are upgrading a hot cell in the New Waste Calcining Facility at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center to allow for the safe processing and treatment of a backlog of waste stored at the Materials and Fuels Complex.

   EM must process this waste stream to meet a site treatment plan commitment with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. The waste originated from the Argonne National Laboratory-West Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor programs from the 1960s through the 2000s.

   In preparation for the facility’s new mission, operators helped determine updates needed to make their jobs more efficient and safer. They participated in all design reviews. 

   “It was a true collaborative effort between engineering and operations to finalize the new process configuration to meet future commitments and milestones,” said EM Idaho Cleanup Project Contractor Fluor Idaho Engineering Manager David Morgan. “Everyone had a singular goal in mind: safe operations.”