National Nuclear Security Administration
August 6, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Enclosed is the “Quarterly Report for the Implementation Plan Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 98-2, Accelerating Safety Management Improvements at the Pantex Plant,” for the period April 1 through June 30, 2004.
During this reporting period, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) made progress toward completion of the 98-2 commitments and provided the DNFSB closure notification for Commitment 4.4.5 requiring W78 improvements in tooling and process design and successful execution of all other aspects of the Seamless Safety for the Twenty-First Century (SS-21) process for a weapon system with conventional high explosive. On June 23, 2004, the NNSA granted a Nuclear Explosive Safety Study extension for the B83-0/1 Weapon Program until March 31, 2005. The B83 SS-21 targeted completion is currently January 2005. Twenty-four out of twenty-seven commitments have been delivered and three remain outstanding.
If you have questions, please call me at 202-586-4879 or have your staff contact Ms. Debra Volk at 505-845-5106.
Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator
for Military Application and
J. McConnell, DNFSB
W. Andrews, DNFSB
A. Matteucci, DNFSB
M. Whitaker, DR-1
S. Erhart, PXSO