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Independent Oversight Inspection, Savannah River Site, Summary Report - February 2004

February 2004

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Management and Emergency Management at the Savannah River Site

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 U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) in January and February 2004. 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.

WSRC has implemented an emergency management program at SRS that exhibits most aspects of a mature, comprehensive program. The programmatic framework and the implementation mechanisms are notable strengths. The SRS emergency plan and implementing procedures are well integrated, and they facilitate the effective coordination of sitewide and facility-specific responsibilities for key decision-making and response actions. The quality of the response procedures and implementing checklists contributed significantly to the effective performance in protecting people and the environment that nearly all SRS ERO personnel demonstrated during tabletop performance tests.

Section 2 provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the SRS ES&H and emergency management programs, including positive aspects and weaknesses. Section 3 provides OA’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of SR, SRSO, and SRS contractor implementation of 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 specific findings that require corrective action and follow-up.

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