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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.

Conducted every five years, the review evaluates previous cleanup actions to ensure they are effective and protective of human health and the environment. It also identifies issues that may prevent the site from achieving remedial action objectives and recommends improvements.

The review concluded that remedial actions are protective at INL sites where cleanup actions are complete.

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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.

The calcine retrieval project recently purchased and began testing a robotic arm and digital control system that uses haptic feedback to allow operators to “feel” the metal walls and other intrusions of high-level waste tanks.

Smartphone users feel haptic feedback when they receive text messages. Gamers feel haptic feedback when they use controllers that vibrate to create a sense of realism in first-person games. The feedback can come in the form of force, vibrations, movement, or a combination of the three transmitted to the operator.

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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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