May 27, 2003
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2091
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The purpose of this letter is to report on the 94-l Research and Development (R&D) Program as requested in your letter of March 20, 2003. I am in the process of recasting the 94-l R&D Program into a corporate 3013 Surveillance and Monitoring Program to support the safe long-term storage of plutonium bearing-materials. I recently directed the Savannah River Operations Office (SR) to lead the transition and develop a Program Plan delineating the technical support necessary to meet DOE-STD-3013-2000 (Enclosure). The Program Plan will provide the basis for Department of Energy’s funding level decision for fiscal year 2004.
Past 94-1 R&D efforts have provided valuable support to the sites with the initial focus on stabilizing plutonium bearing-materials to DOE-STD-3013-2000. Many of the issues with stabilization and packaging have been addressed and the sites’ needs are shifting to long-term storage. The 94-l R&D support is in a transition. Continued technical support is needed and I am committed to maintaining support but with a focus on addressing long-term storage. An organized transition of the lead from Albuquerque to SR will permit ongoing support, such as the shelf-life program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to continue without any loss in information or break in our DOE-STD-3013-2000 compliance.
If you have any questions, please call me at (202) 586-7709 or Mr. Paul Golan, Chief Operating Officer, at (202) 586-0738.
cc: Mark Whitaker, DR-1
Keith Klein, RL
Jeffrey M. Allison, SR