National Nuclear Security Administration
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This is in response to your July 9,
requesting Site Offices to report on the scope and periodicity of the training
assessments conducted as required by Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5480.20A.
Of the seven sites with nuclear
facilities, Y-12 Site Office (YSO),
Sandia Site Office (SSO), and Savannah River Site Office (SRSO) reported that
periodic reviews of training and qualification programs were being conducted in
accordance with Order requirements using DOE Standard 1070-94, and the Pantex
Site Office (PXSO) has just recently completed a review of 5480.20A using DOE
Standard 1070-94. The Los Alamos Site
Office (LASO), Nevada Site Office (NSO), and Livermore Site Office (LSO)
indicated that they are not in compliance.
LASO and LSO plan to conduct the required reviews by the end of June
2004. NSO indicated that they are in the
process of implementing procedures and processes for nuclear work including training.
NSO indicated that they will be in
compliance with 5480.20A in the Device Assembly Facility by the end of 2003,
and for the subcritical experiments by the end of 2004.
Several Site Offices reported local resource
issues and a common desire to leverage training resources from the National
Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Service Center to provide assessment support for required
DOE Order 5480.20A reviews. We will
ensure these resources are provided to achieve compliance with the Order
requirements. Individual site responses
are included in the enclosure.
We share the Defense Nuclear Facilities
Safety Board’s (DNFSB) concern regarding NNSA oversight of site-level training
programs. We will notify DNFSB upon
completion of the reviews of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, and Nevada Test Site training and qualification
program. Corrective actions and
implementation schedules provided in the enclosure are intended to resolve the
If you have any questions, please call me or
have your staff contact Emil Morrow, NNSA Federal Technical Capability Agent at
Everet H. Beckner
for Defense Programs
M. Whitaker, DR-1