National Nuclear Security Administration
February 8, 2006
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In the August 7, 2003, letter closing Recommendation 97-2, Criticality Safety, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board established an annual reporting requirement. †Enclosed is the report for Calendar Year 2005.
Overall, actions taken in response to Recommendation 97-2 have substantially improved the Departmentís criticality safety infrastructure and operational programs. †Stable funding was provided in 2005 and the Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP) organization continues to function effectively to maintain important capabilities while addressing the most pressing operational criticality safety needs. †Progress was made in each of the seven technical program element areas and the foundation has been laid for a Departmental Criticality Safety Monitoring Program that will systematically review and monitor operational criticality safety programs. †Expertise resident within the Criticality Safety Support Group is increasingly being applied to resolve Departmental criticality safety issues. †Although the Criticality Experiments Facility project is progressing on schedule and within budget, the most significant challenge is to maintain critical experiments and hands-on training capability during the transition of these activities from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Device Assembly Facility (DAF) in Nevada. †The NCSP Manager initiated tasks to: †1) ensure participation of Los Alamos researchers in critical experiments in Russia and, 2) establish an interim hands-on training capability at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. †These two tasks will help to minimize the impacts of the transition to the DAF.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly or have your staff contact Jerry McKamy at 301-903-3081.
David H. Crandall
Assistant Deputy Administrator
† for Research, Development, and Simulation
M. Whitaker, DR-1
James McConnell, NA-2
Inťs Triay, EM-3
Richard Lagdon, US/ESE
Tom DíAgostino, NA-10
L. Brooks, NA-1
Richard Black, EH-22