National Nuclear Security Administration
October l0, 2003
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In your August 19, 2003, letter regarding lightning protection issues at the Weapons Evaluation Test Facility (WETF) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), you requested a response within 30 days regarding the National Nuclear Security Agency’s (NNSA) plans for establishing and maintaining defensible lightning protection at WETF and addressing safety system functional classification issues at the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility.
NNSA acknowledges and concurs with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (Board) concerns. Los Alamos Site Office and LANL are performing a thorough review of this situation and considering potential courses of action. Additionally, LANL has hired Mr. Kim Merriweather to evaluate the matter and provide a full and complete response to the Board’s concerns. Therefore, the Office of Defense Programs requests an additional 30 days to appropriately respond to your request.
If you have any further questions, please contact me or have a member of your staff contact Sujita Pierpoint at (301) 903-9601.
Everet H. Beckner
for Defense Programs
cc: Whitaker, DR- 1