May 28, 2004
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2941
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Thank you for providing the Department of Energy (DOE) with a copy of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Boardís (Board) December 2003 report to Congress on the study of plutonium storage at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The Boardís report identifies eight proposals for enhancing the safety, reliability, and functionality of plutonium storage facilities at the SRS. †As you know, Section 3183 of the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314) mandates that both the Board and the Department of Energy submit to Congress reports on the actions taken by the Department in response to those proposals. †In March 2004, DOE personnel met at the SRS with members of the Boardís staff to discuss some of the proposals, concerns, and specific recommendations contained in the Boardís December 2003 report. †More recently, Department personnel met with the Boardís staff to discuss an initial draft of the Departmentís response to Congress.
In order to facilitate preparation of your forthcoming report to Congress, enclosed is a brief summary of actions the Department is currently taking in response to, or associated with, the proposals in your December 2003 report to Congress. †You will note that we have taken actions to be responsive to all eight proposals. †As these activities are completed during the next year, the Department will brief the Board on our proposed course of action. †In the interim, we will continue to work with your staff on these matters.
If you have any further questions regarding this information, please contact me or Ms. Jessie Hill Roberson, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, at (202) 586-7709.