Annual Report to Congress: Department of Energy Activities Relating to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Calendar Year 1996   [open pdf - 354KB]

"This is the seventh Annual Report to the Congress describing Department activities in response to formal recommendations and other interactions with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The Board, an independent executive-branch agency established in 1988, provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at the Department's defense nuclear facilities. The Board also reviews and evaluates the content and implementation of health and safety standards, as well as other requirements, relating to the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of the Department's defense nuclear facilities. [...] The Department has made significant progress on health and safety issues during 1996. The Department has established and implemented a number of broad-based initiatives to increase health and safety assurance. Key Department initiatives include establishment of the integrated safety management system; improvement of the technical capability of the Department's work force; transition to revised safety requirements; and stabilization of excess nuclear material for safe, stable storage. The Department has also reduced the number of open Board recommendations by 18 percent (from 17 to 14). Four Board recommendations were closed as a result of Department activities, while only one new Board recommendation was received. In addition, the Department continues to improve the quality of communication and interaction between the Department and the Board."

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