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Idaho Site Replaces Carbon Material Critical to Waste Treatment Facility

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Idaho Site Replaces Carbon Material Critical to Waste Treatment Facility

Crews with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management contractor, Idaho Environmental Coalition, have replaced carbon material from two vessels of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho National Laboratory Site, allowing the plant to resume radioactive liquid waste treatment operations early next year.

Granular activated carbon (GAC), which has widespread uses in many industries, treats off-gas to remove mercury before it is sent to the IWTU’s exhaust stack. Off-gas is a byproduct of the IWTU’s steam reforming process and must be free of mercury before it can be safely discharged to the air.

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Cleanup Crews Making Progress on Idaho Site Reactor Decommissioning

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Cleanup Crews Making Progress on Idaho Site Reactor Decommissioning

The Idaho Environmental Coalition (IEC), contractor for the Department of Energy Office of Environment Management (EM) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, is making significant progress decommissioning the prototype for a reactor plant used for the first nuclear-powered submarine.

Known as the Submarine 1st Generation Westinghouse (S1W) prototype, the land-based reactor was built inside a section of a submarine hull at the Naval Reactors Facility on the Arco Desert west of Idaho Falls. The Office of Naval Reactors entered into an agreement with EM to carry out the S1W facility demolition and other deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) efforts.

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