[DNFSB LETTER HEAD]
July 15, 2008
The Honorable Samuel W. Bodman
Secretary of Energy
Dear Secretary Bodman:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) recognizes that the Department of Energy (DOE) Fernald Closure Project is complete. The safe closure of this former uranium production site has required diligence by DOE, its contractors, and the Board. During the past seventeen years, the Board has conducted health and safety oversight of DOE'S defense nuclear facilities at Fernald, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), 42 U.S.C. § 2286 et seq. Under the AEA, the Board is required to conduct safety oversight of the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of DOE defense nuclear facilities.
DOE’s Fernald site is no longer
operating; its facilities have been decommissioned and the site has been
“closed.” The closed site's approved end state is an "
As provided under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended), should future circumstances warrant, the Board is prepared to provide appropriate review.
Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.
Michael Owen, Director, LM
L. Johnson, Administrator,