July 25, 2005
Admiral Kirkland H. Donald
Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors
National Nuclear Security Administration
Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington Navy Yard
1240 Isaac Hull Avenue, SE, Stop 8010
Washington, DC 20376-8010
Dear Admiral Donald:
Thank you for your letter of June 15, 2005, which provided the recent reports of Naval Reactors on radiological waste disposal and environmental monitoring, occupational safety and health, and occupational radiation exposure, as well as the annual overview of the program.† These reports cogently demonstrate Naval Reactorsí enduring commitment to protecting the public, workers, and the environment while providing for the defense of the nation.
I am pleased to note that the Naval Reactorsí program, extending from headquarters to the prime contractors and the construction and repair facilities, continues to exhibit extraordinary standards in the performance of work. †Naval Reactors consistently maintains a model program for the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear-powered vessels, as well as the technical research necessary to support advances in nuclear propulsion technology. †The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) believes Naval Reactors exhibits the traits of a high-reliability organization and considers it to be worthy of emulation by others within the Department of Energy.
The Board congratulates you for your sustained superior performance, and extends its best personal wishes to you and your associates.
A. J. Eggenberger
c: ††The Honorable Samuel W. Bodman
The Honorable Linton Brooks
The Honorable John S. Shaw
The Honorable David K. Garman
Mr. Charles E. Anderson
Mr. Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.