The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is in town, conducting its annual site visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
According to lab spokesman Fred DeSousa, four of the five members of the board are on the visit along with several staff members. They met with lab and Site Office staff Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We are briefing them on their topics of interest, including the status of PF-4 improvements, transuranic waste operations and emergency response,” DeSousa said. “The board will tour PF-4 and our Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility. In this case, there is no public hearing scheduled for this site visit.”
The main topic of conversation likely will be PF-4.
NNSA acting administrator Bruce Held sent a letter to DNFSB chairman Peter Winokur, regarding the conduct of operations and the implementation of criticality safety controls at PF-4.
In June, lab director Charlie McMillan paused all programmatic activities at the facility and in early August some of those activities resumed.
But not all.
Held’s letter detailed the corrective actions the lab has taken in regards to PF-4 and by Dec. 6, Held said the NNSA will provide the DNFSB with a fully developed plan and an updated status of progress.