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Progress on Cleanup of the INL Site for the INL Retired Employees Association Bob Iotti, President and CEO September 2008.

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1 Progress on Cleanup of the INL Site for the INL Retired Employees Association Bob Iotti, President and CEO September 2008

2 E BDS 2 About the Idaho National Laboratory Site  890 square miles  Originally established in 1949 as a national reactor testing station; 52 "first-of-a-kind" reactors were constructed at the site  Workforce of ~1,700  Cleanup focuses on 5 major facilities Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Test Area North (TAN) Reactor Technology Complex (RTC) Power Burst Facility (PBF)

3 E BDS 3 Idaho Cleanup Project Mission and Scope  The Idaho Cleanup Project involves the safe, environmental cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory site  To achieve cleanup commitments, CH2M-WG Idaho will Disposition nuclear material items Consolidate and store spent nuclear fuel Treat sodium-bearing liquid waste Close and stabilize high-level waste tanks Retrieve, package, and dispose of targeted buried waste Disposition low-level and mixed low-level waste Demolish or otherwise decommission facilities and structures, including reactors, spent nuclear fuel storage basins, and laboratories used for radioactive experiments Close hazardous waste tank systems; remediate contaminated environmental sites

4 E BDS 4 Safety: Our first priority  Injury rate of 1.43 (construction average: 5.9)  Lost workday rate of 0.40 (construction average: 2.2)  Compliant, award-winning programs

5 E BDS 5 Major Risk Reduction Activities Nuclear Material Disposition 10 years ago  Storage only  Evaluating disposition options Today  99 percent complete  Completed all (20 of 20) Unirradiated Light Water Breeder Reactor (ULWBR) shipments to Nevada Test Site via Super Tiger Cask Super Tiger Cask – ready for last trip to NTS 688 items 693 items Disposition nuclear material items* *unirradiated fuel rods and plates, lab samples, source nuclear material (normal uranium/depleted uranium)

6 E BDS 6 Major Risk Reduction Activities Spent Nuclear Fuel 10 years ago  Evaluating options to minimize vulnerabilities by consolidating all site spent nuclear fuel to one location (INTEC) and minimizing wet shielding storage Today  Great progress on wet-to-dry campaign (completion planned for FY09)  Receiving Advanced Test Reactor fuel  Receiving and dry-storing domestic and foreign research reactor fuel  Preparing (and shipping) Navy fuel for dry storage  Maintaining Ft. St. Vrain and Three Mile Island fuel  Planning for exchange of aluminum fuel for oxide fuel with Savannah River Site 2,229 assemblies 3,178 assemblies Transfer SNF from wet to dry Navy fuel shipment

7 E BDS 7 Major Risk Reduction Activities Tank Grouting 10 years ago  Beginning to empty underground storage tanks of radioactive waste from reprocessing operations  Converted waste from liquid into calcine (dry, stable, granular powder); calcine process suspended 2000 Today  Grouted (emptied) 11 of 15 tanks Four 30,000-gallon tanks Seven 300,000-gallon tanks Remaining four tanks  three contain sodium-bearing waste and one intentionally left empty 11 tanks 15 tanks Close liquid waste tanks (grouting) Tent removal

8 E BDS 8 Major Risk Reduction Activities Sodium-bearing Waste 10 years ago  Making calcine (solidified high level waste); calcine production suspended in 2000 due to unacceptable emissions Today  Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) under construction using steam reformer technology for sodium-bearing waste processing and designed for retrieval of calcined waste IWTU construction

9 E BDS 9 Major Risk Reduction Activities Buried Waste 10 years ago  Storing transuranic waste at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex Today  Exhuming buried waste (17,142 cubic meters)  Packaged 1,760 cubic meters of targeted waste for offsite disposition  Shipping contact-handled transuranic waste to WIPP (81 of 1,484 shipments) Exhuming buried waste at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex

10 E BDS 10 Major Risk Reduction Activities Remote-handled Transuranic Waste 10 years ago  Storing waste in underground storage vaults at RWMC Today  Completed 167 of 225 shipments to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant  Final shipment scheduled for April 2009 First RH shipment leaves Idaho 100th RH shipment leaves Idaho

11 E BDS 11 Major Risk Reduction Activities Decontamination, Decommissioning, Demolition 10 years ago  Relatively little progress Today  Demolished 112 (of 235) buildings and structures  1.3 million square feet demolished to date out of 1.8 million planned  Total includes several nuclear facilities: ETR (completed) TAN Hot Shop (completed) PBF (completed) INTEC Remote Analytical Facility (completed) LOFT (completed) MTR (in progress) CPP-601 (in progress) TAN Hot Shop demolition (2007) Cubicle after strip out Preparing for MTR catwalk removal (2008)

12 E BDS 12 PBF reactor and CPP-601 Before PBF vessel removal (2008) CPP-601 tank removal (2008)

13 E BDS 13 LOFT and ETR LOFT containment dome demolition (2006) ETR vessel removal (2007) ETR vessel removal (2007)

14 E BDS 14 Summary ICP’s  Safety-first culture  Cost and schedule performance (under budget and ahead of schedule)  Risk reduction/protection of the Snake River Plain Aquifer  Delivery of what we promised (and more)  Partnership with stakeholders from special interest groups to regulators will enable our success and support INL’s goal for nuclear energy leadership


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