January 27, 2006
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the Implementation Plan to respond to Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2002-3, Requirements for Design, Implementation and Maintenance of Administrative Controls on June 26, 2003. Commitment 4.7 of the Implementation Plan required that the Office of Environment, Safety and Health (EH) evaluate the overall success of the effectiveness of implementation of specific administrative controls (SACs) based on the issuance of additional DOE guidance and issue a report to the Secretary.
The Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health submitted the report to the Secretary on December 30, 2005. It is enclosed for your information. The report and summary table discusses the actions that are completed to enhance DOE guidance and to improve SAC implementation and maintenance at DOE defense nuclear facilities. Implementation of DOE guidance for SACs at defense nuclear facilities is effective but is not yet fully complete. Remaining actions are summarized in the attached report and table and will be tracked to closure by the applicable program office. The Department expects full field implementation to be complete by the end of 2006. DOE will provide periodic briefings to the DNFSB to report on the remaining actions.
Richard L. Black
Office of Nuclear and Facility Safety Policy
M. Whitaker, DR-1