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Independent Oversight Review, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - October 2012

October 2012

Review of the Department of Energy Office of Science Assessment of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiochemical Processing Laboratory Criticality Alarm System

The Office of Enforcement and Oversight (Independent Oversight), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), conducted a shadow assessment of the Office of Science (SC) review of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL) Criticality Alarm System (CAS). SC’s Pacific Northwest Site Office (PNSO) coordinated the SC review.

The SC assessment focused on the operability of the CAS at the PNNL RPL (also called Hanford Building 325), including related items that help maintain or improve operability. The SC assessment was conducted as part of the SC program for periodic monitoring of field office oversight of site Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) programs.