December 16, 2005
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Fluor Hanford, Incorporated, related to issues at the Plutonium Finishing Plant and K-Basins facilities at the Hanford Site
This letter refers to the recent investigation by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Price-Anderson Enforcement (OE) at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) and the K-Basins. The issues at PFP involved continued poor performance with regard to compliance with criticality safety requirements over the past several years and a series of eight Technical Safety Requirement (TSR) violations that occurred over a two-year period between September 2003 and July 2005. The issues at K-Basins involved an event on November 3, 2004, in which several personnel received low level radioactive exposure during long pole tool movement and the unanticipated airborne release of radiological material on March 17, 2005, during a radioactive survey of a long pole tool.