Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Operational Drill at the B332 Plutonium Facility [HIAR LLNL-2013-02-27]
The Livermore Site Office (LSO) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) requested personnel from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Safety and Emergency Management Evaluations (HS-45) to observe an operational drill at the Plutonium Facility in Building 332 (B332). LSO and LLNS desired HS-45’s participation to help determine the maturity of the operational drill program by providing independent expertise in the matter at a time when HS-45 personnel were already on site conducting an emergency management review.
LLNS administered this operational drill using the DOE guidance for emergency response drills; applying this guidance is a recent LLNS initiative to improve the operational drill program. HS-45 provided two observers for the drill: one near the event scene, which was inside the building in a radiological material area (RMA); and the other roving to witness important activities at the B332 operations center and control room and outside of B332 at the nearby incident command post. The drill scenario was a response by B332 operations personnel, health and safety technicians, and the Alameda County Fire Department to a fire in a fume hood containing a depleted uranium part.