Inspection of Emergency Management at the Pantex Site Office and Pantex Plant
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE’s Pantex Plant in March-April 2008. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Emergency Management Oversight (HS-63).
This 2008 Independent Oversight inspection found significant improvements in the functional elements evaluated and, PXSO and B&W Pantex have, for the most part, adequately addressed previously identified weaknesses. B&W Pantex training, drills, and exercise programs have been significantly improved to better prepare ERO members to perform their assigned emergency response functions. Effective processes ensure all ERO members demonstrate their knowledge and skills and receive training on significant changes to 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 Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of PXSO and contractor management of 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. Appendices C through F detail the results of the reviews of individual emergency management program elements.