September 4, 1997
Issued to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., related to the Erroneous Transfer of Mixed Waste to a Landfill at the K-25 Site
This letter refers to the Department of Energy's (DOE) investigation of the erroneous transfer, during December 1996 through January 1997, of 165 55-gallon drums of mixed waste ash from K-25 to 'a Y-12 industrial landfill' for disposal. This incident was determined by DOE to be, in part, the result of several noncompliances with Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 830, "Nuclear Safety Management" (10 CFR 830). Lockheed Martin Energy Systems' (LMES) procedures did not provide adequate administrative control for the identification of drums intended for the Y-12 landfill nor for coordination between the various departments involved in the identification and segregation of the correct drums; nor was the identification and segregation process itself administered adequately by LMES.