With this focus on cleanup completion and risk reducing results, safety still remains the utmost priority. EM will continue to maintain and demand the highest safety performance. All workers deserve to go home as healthy as they were when they came to the job in the morning. There is no schedule or milestone worth any injury to the work force.
EM is increasing its concentration on project management to improve its overall performance toward cost-effective risk reduction. This will involve review of validated project baselines, schedules, and assumptions about effective identification and management of risks. Instrumental in refining the technical and business approaches to project management are the senior leadership and staff. EM is ensuring that leaders, project managers, and staff are trained to meet its project management and mission objectives. Another tool that will assist EM project management is the cleanup contracts. The contracts define EM workscope. The EM contracts also set expectations and standards, which in turn delineate the operating principles and requirements. EM’s goal is to ensure that the site contracts are designed to drive outstanding performance. Finally, EM will strive for constant, real-time feedback of lessons learned to improve project planning and execution.
EM will continue to maintain a focus on completing site cleanup, with an additional eleven sites or areas (Argonne National Laboratory – East, Brookhaven National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge, Energy Technology Engineering Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-Site 300; Inhalation Toxicology Laboratory, Pantex Plant; Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Miamisburg, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) projected to be completed in the 2007 to 2009 timeframe.
As indicated above, EM’s mission is to cleanup the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons production and nuclear energy research. Through its accelerated cleanup approach, EM is remediating sites and reducing the risks of the environmental contamination for future generations. Over the next five years, EM’s goal is to continue to reduce the environmental liability associated with the EM program, consistent with the ideals previously discussed above in the Mission section.