June 28, 2007
The Honorable A. J. Eggenberger
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2901
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The Department of Energy acknowledges receipt of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Boardís Recommendation 2007-1, Safety-Related In Situ Nondestructive Assay of Radioactive Materials, issued on April 25, 2007.
The Department recognizes that continuous improvement in in situ nondestructive assay (NDA) is warranted to support nuclear safety in various activities carried out at Department defense nuclear facilities and, therefore, accepts Recommendation 2007-1.
Using the following approach, the Department will develop an Implementation Plan consistent with Integrated Safety Management System principles:
I have assigned Mr. Richard Lagdon, Chief of Nuclear Safety, Office of the Under Secretary of Energy, as the Departmentís responsible manager for developing the Implementation Plan. †He can be reached at (202) 586-9471.
Samuel W. Bodman