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The Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System Project has supported more than 60,000 waste shipments and more than 10,000 clean-fill shipments from the East Tennessee Technology Park to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility since becoming operational in March 2009.
The system has demonstrated that the concept for electronically tracked shipments of hazardous materials is a viable concept in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
In addition to East Tennessee Technology Park, the system was implemented for shipments to the facility from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in October 2009 and from the Y-12 National Security Complex in March 2010.
Implementing the program involved creating a reusable and sustainable technology to collect key information about each shipment and display it on an interactive dashboard enabling the facility to manage inbound shipments in real-time.
Trucks hauling waste along the haul road to the facility are tagged electronically before leaving the site.
These electronic tags contain information about the truck and its load, replacing paper shipping manifests and other crucial information that would normally be on paper.
Once tagged, the truck is tracked to its destination by strategically placed monitoring stations along the haul road that read the tag to monitor its progress.
The Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System Project has been recognized by DOE as a “Best-in-Class” system and recently won awards from both DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to increased performance and paper reduction associated with shipments to the facility, the system has enabled multiple eco-friendly benefits and contributed to reductions in carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.
Advantages include elimination of physical shipping documents, centralized viewing at Environmental Management Waste Management Facility of all incoming shipments, increased awareness in physical security, increased visibility and access to data, increased truck utilization, increased performance, increased accountability, reduction of bottlenecks and reduction of errors.