National Nuclear Security Administration
October 28, 2005
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Enclosed is the “Quarterly Report for the Implementation Plan Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 98-2, Safety Management at the Pantex Plant,” for the period July 1 through September 30, 2005.
During the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2005, the National Nuclear Security Administration made progress toward successful execution of the Seamless Safety for the Twenty-First Century (SS-21) process. This report documents the status as of September 30, 2005. The BWXT/Pantex Plant made extensive progress toward implementation of technical safety requirements related to on-site transportation. The B83 SS-2 1 projected startup authorization approval date is expected to occur in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2006. This date is dependent upon the duration of the revised Hazard Analysis Report and associated readiness assessments. The draft technical business practice for weapon response to potential accident environments and stimuli will be available for formal review by October 31, 2005.
Twenty-three out of twenty-seven commitments in the DNFSB Recommendation 98-2 have been delivered and four remain outstanding. If you have questions, please call me or have your staff contact Ms. Wendy Baca at 505-845-6340.
Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator
for Military Application and
K. Fortenberry, DNFSB
A. Matteucci, DNFSB
M. Whitaker, DR-1
S. Erhart, PXSO