Annual Report to Congress: Department of Energy Activities Relating to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Calendar Year 1994   [open html - 98KB]

"This is the fifth Annual Report to the Congress by the U. S. Department of Energy. This report is required to be submitted to the Committees on Armed Services and Appropriations of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives each year when the President's Budget is submitted. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was established under section 311 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 in part to review the content and implementation of standards relating to the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of the Department's defense nuclear facilities. In 1992, the Congress extended the Board's jurisdiction to include facilities involved in the assembly and testing of nuclear explosives. The Board makes Recommendations to the Secretary of Energy that it considers necessary to protect public health and safety. These Recommendations may be accepted or rejected in whole or in part by the Secretary. If accepted, the Department must prepare an Implementation Plan describing the actions to be taken. The Secretary recognizes the importance of the nuclear safety issues raised by the Board in its Recommendations, and has made Departmental improvement in these areas a matter of personal interest. The Secretary has convened regular quarterly meetings with the Board at which the details of these Recommendations have been discussed and solutions analyzed. Senior Departmental officers have been assigned personal responsibility for adherence to Implementation Plans. The Annual Report summarizes the activities of the Department of Energy in response to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The Annual Report discusses the key safety issues the Department is addressing and the actions it is taking."

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