May 26, 1999
Issued to Fluor Daniel Hanford, Inc., relating to events at the Spent Nuclear Fuels Project, K-Basins and other Project Hanford Management Contract facilities at the Hanford Site
This letter refers to the Department of Energy's (DOE) evaluation of the circumstances surrounding a number of events that involved work process, design, procurement, and quality improvement deficiencies in the Spent Nuclear Fuels Project (SNFP), K-Basins, and other Project Hanford Management Contract (PHMC) facilities. The deficiencies involved repetitive failures to adhere to established operational controls at nuclear facilities under the PHMC. Adherence to these controls ensures that nuclear safety related operations are conducted within appropriate safety margins and in accordance with facility authorization bases. This letter also refers to the findings of a subsequent investigation by DOE into concerns that failed to provide complete and accurate information to DOE regarding a separate regulatory matter at K-Basins.