January 26, 2006
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Thank your for your December 14, 2005, letter requesting a clear path forward for developing required guidance to evaluate and document weapon responses. This request relates to Commitment 4.2.2, Revision 1 of the Department’s Implementation Plan for Recommendation 98-2, “Accelerating Safety Management Improvements at the Pantex Plant,” dated October 28, 2002. Commitment 4.2.2 states, “[f]urther guidance on expectations for the evaluation and documentation of weapon response to potential accident environments and stimuli will be issued through a Technical Business Practice.”
The Department now intends to issue this guidance by revising DOE-DP-STD 3016, “Hazard Analysis Reports for Nuclear Explosive Operations,” and, if deemed necessary, a corresponding update to the Development and Production Manual, Chapter 11.8, “Integration of Weapon Response into Authorization Bases at the Pantex Plant.” The schedule for this path forward is provided in the enclosure. The Department will consider the comments provided in your letter when making these revisions.
If you have questions, please contact me or Mr. Marty Schoenbauer, Acting Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, at (202) 586-2179.
Samuel W. Bodman
cc: R. Tontodonato, DNFSB
M. Whitaker, DR-1