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.