Inspection of Emergency Management at the Sandia Site Office and Sandia National Laboratories
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight inspected the emergency management program at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in January/February 2009. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Emergency Management Oversight.
This 2009 inspection found that overall, SSO and SNL are progressing in their efforts to implement a comprehensive emergency management program, but initial emergency response decision-makers continue to have difficulty in effectively issuing appropriate protective actions for site workers and the public. Overall, the SNL emergency management program continues to improve, and the program provides an adequate degree of protection for site workers and the public, particularly given the resources and very conservative response tools that are normally available to the initial decision-makers.
Section 2 of this report provides an overall discussion of the results of this 2009 review of the SNL emergency management program elements that were evaluated. Section 3 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of SSO and SNL 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.