October 6, 2005
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This is in response to your February 4, 2005, letter which expressed concerns about the continued difficulties and slow progress in the Sludge Retrieval and Disposition Project. On April 8, 2005, former Acting Assistant Secretary Paul Golan provided our path forward to resolve issues with this project to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Details are provided in the enclosure.
The Department of Energy remains committed to the safe removal of sludge from the K-Basins. Despite the challenges and issues associated with this complex activity, we believe that moving forward with containerization, transfer, and treatment to achieve a stable waste form still represents a significant improvement in risk reduction and cleanup progress.
If you have any questions, please call me at (202) 586-0738 or Mr. Dae Chung, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Integrated Safety Management and Operations Oversight, at (202) 586-5151.
Dr. Inés R. Triay
Chief Operating Officer for
cc: M. Whitaker, DR-1
K. Klein, RL