NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
April 29, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In your December 31, 2003, correspondence concerning the Oxide Conversion Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex you asked to be kept informed of the site’s progress toward addressing various issues concerning weld quality assurance and the facility’s safety basis. The enclosed correspondence from the Y-12 Site Office (YSO) provides you an update on their progress toward resolution of these issues. In addition, follow-up discussions with your staff have been productive in clarifying issues and working toward resolution of issues. As noted in the attachment further work is necessary to fully address the issues highlighted in your correspondence. YSO will follow-up with your staff over the next several months to resolve outstanding issues and will provide you with an update on our progress upon resolution of the issues via video conference not later than June 30, 2004.
If you have any questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Jeff Underwood at (301) 903-8303.
Everet H. Beckner
for Defense Programs
M. Whitaker, DR-1