National Nuclear Security Administration
July 18, 2006
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
On July 1, 2003, you sent a letter to the Administrator concerning site-wide lightning protection and detection issues at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The Board also requested to be kept abreast of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) actions regarding the concerns.
On May 14, 2004, the Administrator forwarded a response from the Nevada Site Office (NSO) addressing the Board's issues. In its response, NSO also committed to (1) developing a site-wide policy on lightning safety and (2) conducting a study of the effectiveness of lightning detection systems at the NTS. As requested by the Board, the enclosed submittal from NSO provides the results of these actions.
If you have any questions, please contact Xavier Ascanio at (301) 903-3757 or Jay Norman, NSO Manager, at (702) 295-3211.
Thomas P. D’Agostino
for Defense Programs
Cc: w/ enclosure:
L. Brooks, NA-1
X. Ascanio, NA-17
M. Whitaker, DR-1
J. Norman, NSO
K. Thornton, NSO