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Periodically, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in Washington makes a report to Congress.
The main thrust of the report, released earlier this month, was to discuss the status of significant unresolved issues with the Department of Energy’s design and construction reports.
On top of the list is the seismic evaluation and upgrade of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility and the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. According to the report, these two projects have the most significant unresolved safety issues.
According to interagency correspondence between the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Safety Administration have made some headway in resolving some of these issues.
In a letter dated March 20, James J. McConnell, assistant deputy administrator for Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Operations and Governance Reform, Defense Programs at the Department of Energy, writes that DOE had completed one of the deliverables of the department’s implementation plan, regarding seismic upgrades for the first 10 glove box stands.
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