The National Nuclear Security Administration wants more time when it comes to the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Back in July, the NNSA asked for a 45-day extension to address the concerns of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in relation to the Documented Safety Analysis for the Plutonium Facility known as PF-4.
The Board requested a report and briefing addressing their concerns.
Last week, the NNSA sent another letter to the DNFSB, requesting an additional 60 days “for further development and management review of the responses.”
The letter also stated, “On a separate but related matter, Dr. Cook's January 30, 2012, letter to you committed NNSA to provide a revised project execution plan (PEP) for seismically-related upgrades to PF-4 in August 2012. However, due to the need to complete the final report for the current scope of non-linear static seismic analyses in September 2012 to support updating the PEP, NNSA will now send the revised PEP within 90 days following completion of this final report.”
In DNFSB’s July 18 letter, the board said an ongoing government analysis of the facility’s ability to withstand earthquakes may be flawed.