May 14, 2004
The Honorable Linton Brooks
National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585-0701
Dear Ambassador Brooks:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) has received a letter dated April 30, 2004, from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in response to the Boardís request of January 27, 2004, for a report on conduct of engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). †NNSA requests an extension of 90 days to satisfy the Boardís request.
Enclosed with the NNSA letter was a letter from LANL giving brief progress reports on nine initiatives designed to enhance conduct of engineering and the implementation of Department of Energy Order 420.1A, Facility Safety, for facility work. †LANLís letter also stated that the laboratory is establishing a single site-wide engineering program for both facility and nonfacility work and described steps being taken to significantly improve conduct of engineering at LANL. †In addition, the Board was briefed on LANLís progress on March 15, 2004.
In view of the progress made at LANL, the Board agrees to a 90-day extension of the due date for the requested report.
John T. Conway
c:†† The Honorable Everet H. Beckner
The Honorable Jessie Hill Roberson
Mr. Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.