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Independent Oversight Inspection, Pantex Plant - August 2005

August 2005

Inspection of Emergency Management at the Pantex Site Office and the Pantex Plant

The Secretary of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA), within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance, conducted an inspection of the emergency management program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pantex Plant in July and August 2005. The inspection was performed by the OA Office of Emergency Management Oversight.

This 2005 OA inspection found that PXSO and BWXT have adequately addressed most of these weaknesses and have improvement initiatives underway in some other areas. The resulting changes include a substantially improved analytical basis for the emergency management program, a complete restructuring of the EAL set, and upgrades in other emergency response implementing procedures.

Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the Pantex  emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides OA’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of PXSO and the contractor in managing the emergency management program. Section 4 presents the ratings assigned as a result of this inspection. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies the findings that require corrective action and follow-up, and Appendices C through F detail the results of the reviews of individual emergency management program elements.