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Independent Oversight Focused Review, River Protection Project - July 2001

July 2001

Focused Review of the River Protection Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Oversight, within the Office of Environment, Safety and Health, conducted a focused safety management review of the River Protection Project from April through July 2001.

Despite recent changes and improvements, some significant deficiencies remain in implementation of integrated safety management at both the activity and facility level. Problems related to work control, conduct of operations, procedure development and use, operator training and qualification, engineering analysis, assessment and corrective action management, and ORP oversight of CHG operations were identified.

Section 2.0 of this report includes an assessment of line management’s implementation of the five core functions of ISM at the River Protection Project. Section 3.0 contains an assessment of the effectiveness of selected River Protection Project essential systems. Section 4.0 describes the Safety Issues identified from this focused review, which are summarized in Appendix A. In addition, Appendix A lists issues from the 1996 safety management evaluation and provides the Office of ES&H Oversight’s comparison to the current issues. Further details on the evaluation process and team composition are provided in Appendix B.