The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter provides an interim response to
your letter of
The waste drums containing Pu-238, or any other waste in the burial grounds, will not be retrieved until a plan for safe retrieval, storage, and a disposition path is agreed upon. Although an evaluation has been initiated and archived record retrieval is ongoing, completion of the plan will consume several months. Retrieval of the waste drums containing Pu-238 is anticipated in the June 2004 timeframe. The enclosure provides background information on the material, the disposal paths being evaluated and challenges being encountered.
I will provide the Board an update on these
Dr. Inés Triay
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Office of Environmental Management
Note: Please call Patty Bubar at 202.586.5151 for a copy of the enclosure.
cc: Keith Klein, RL
Mark Whitaker, DR-1
Contains OUO information