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Independent Oversight Inspection, Pantex Plant, Summary Report - November 2002

November 2002

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health and Emergency Management at the Pantex Plant

The Secretary of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA) conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) and emergency management programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Pantex Plant in October and November 2002. The inspection was performed as a joint effort by the OA Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations and the Office of Emergency Management Oversight.

Overall, many aspects of the Pantex Plant ISM program are effective. Hazards analysis and controls for the highest hazard operations at the Pantex Plant (i.e., nuclear explosives operations) are particularly rigorous and effective. OASO and BWXT line management have substantially improved ISM at the Pantex Plant in recent years and continue to make improvements. The OASO Manager has effectively prioritized resources and is ensuring that an effective oversight program is implemented. OA observations indicate that work is being conducted safely, with few deficiencies.

Section 2 of this volume provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the Pantex Plant ES&H and emergency management programs, including positive aspects and weaknesses. Section 3 provides OA’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of the OASO and BWXT implementation of the ES&H and emergency management programs. Section 4 presents the ratings assigned during this review. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies the specific findings that require corrective action and follow-up.

More detailed information on the inspection results is contained in two separate volumes of the report, which were provided to OASO management and which are available to other DOE sites on request. Volume I provides more detailed information on the results of the review of the Pantex Plant ES&H programs. Volume II provides more detailed information on the results of the review of the Pantex Plant emergency management program.