February 13, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.† 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In your letter of August
7, 2003, closing Recommendation 97-2, Criticality Safety, you established an annual reporting
requirement.† The report for Calendar
Year 2003 is enclosed.
Overall, actions taken in response to Recommendation 97-2,
DNFSB/TECH-29 (Criticality Safety at
Defense Nuclear Facilities), and your letter of July 20, 2001, have been effective and
substantially improved the Departmentís criticality safety infrastructure and
operational programs.† Funding has been
stabilized and the Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP) has been organized
to maintain capability while addressing the most pressing operational criticality
safety needs.† Both the Los Alamos
Critical Experiments Facility and the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator are
recognized as important contributors to the NCSP and are being supported.† Training and qualification programs have been
established and are functioning.†
Pertinent criticality safety information is readily available on web
sites supported by the NCSP, and feedback from the criticality safety community
is being used to plan program work.†
Through implementation of the NCSP, a viable process for assessing needs
and enhancing criticality safety has been institutionalized.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly, or
have your staff contact Michael Thompson at 301-903-5648.
David H. Crandall
Assistant Deputy Administrator
Research, Development, and Simulation
M. Whitaker, DR-1
E. Beckner, NA-10