May 26, 2004
Mr. Roger Zavadoski
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2941
Dear Mr. Zavadoski:
The Secretary of Energy, in his July 11, 2003 letter to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) on High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter testing, committed the Office of Environment, Safety and Health (EH) to publish a semiannual report on Filter Test Facility (FTF) data. This is the second report published by EH and includes FTF data for the first six months of FY 2004. The attached Table provides the results of filter inspections and tests performed at the FTF for the period October 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.
The report indicates that the HEPA filter failures continue at a rate consistent with previous years. I also visited the FTF in February to observe testing. During that visit, a supplier repaired 36 defective HEPAs at FTF preventing delays in deliveries to DOE sites. Questions concerning this report may be directed to me at (301) 903-4218 or Chip.Lagdon@eh.doe.gov.
Richard H. Lagdon, Jr.
Office of Quality Assurance Programs
cc: Mark B. Whitaker, DR-1
Frank B. Russo, EH-3