August 1, 2003
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The purpose of this letter is to provide follow up to my correspondence of June 10, 2003, concerning Sludge Removal at Hanford. In that correspondence I requested a 45-day extension for providing the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) with “either a path forward for completing sludge removal from the Hanford K-Basins by August 2004, or a revised Implementation Plan with justification for delaying completion of sludge removal beyond this date.”
Unfortunately, I cannot provide a reliable path forward at this time. I have taken additional actions since my previous letter including:
I have included this report as an Attachment. I have also directed the Richland Operations Office to evaluate provisions contained in the contract to hold the contractor accountable.
I will provide the Board an update on this issue no later than August 31, 2003. If you have any questions, please call me at (202) 586-7709 or Paul Golan, Chief Operating Officer at (202) 586-0738.
Jessie Hill Roberson
Assistant Secretary for
cc: Mark Whitaker, DR-1
Keith Klein, RL