"The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is pleased to submit to Congress its Ninth Annual Report. [...]. During the Board's nine years of operation, DOE has been subject to numerous changes in its top leadership. [...]. Notwithstanding the inevitable disruptions and uncertainties that accompany such changes, DOE personnel responsible for nuclear weapons and defense nuclear facilities and their contractors, including the National Laboratories, continued to move steadily forward in DOE's program for improving safety management. As required by statute, the Board's report summarizes activities during calendar year 1998, assesses improvements in the safety of DOE defense nuclear facilities, and identifies remaining safety problems. While much has been accomplished, more needs to be done. The Board has played a vital role in this upgrade effort and in maintaining the pace of the path forward. Many of DOE's missions entail the use of hazardous materials. We support Secretary Bill Richardson's strong commitment to the safe handling of these materials and his support of integrated safety management in protecting the health and safety of the public, workers, and the environment. The Board's core efforts during 1998 focused on institutionalizing sound integrated safety management practices and their implementation in design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of defense nuclear facilities. Priority attention and effort were devoted to activities involving the greatest risks to public health and safety. These are reported in detail in this report."
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