National Nuclear Security Administration
March 23, 2005
The Honorable John T. Conway
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This is in response to your September 27, 2004, letter. Your letter noted fundamental weaknesses in the implementation of nuclear safety requirements for a nuclear facility located at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (SNL-NM), and that the approved safety basis does not provide assurance that the operational hazards have been adequately analyzed and controlled. Specifically, you requested a report and briefing within 90 days that would address the following areas:
The Sandia Site Office and SNL management briefed the Board on January 24, 2005. Enclosed is a March 1, 2005, memorandum from the Sandia Site Office Manager transmitting relevant action plans for the Sandia Site Office and SNL. NNSA Headquarters will continue to work with the Sandia Site Office and SNL to ensure actions are implemented to improve the safety basis development, review and approval process for Sandia nuclear facilities.
Linton F. Brooks
cc: M. Whitaker, DR-1