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Preliminary Notice of Violation, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems - EA-2000-11

August 24, 2000

Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, related to Quality Assurance Issues at the Y-12 National Security Complex, (EA-2000-11)

This letter refers to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) investigation of the facts and circumstances concerning a number of quality assurance issues affecting nuclear safety at the DOE’s Y-12 site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The issues included (1) significant deficiencies in the design, procurement and fabrication of the [radioactive material] Supply System [ ] which is a critical system required for resumption of [ ]operations, (2) an [unanticipated event] in the Alpha 5 Facility that resulted in 11 workers being injured, (3) a number of violations of criticality safety requirements and work process controls in Building 9212 which resulted in DOE instituting an operational standown and curtailment of [nuclear] material movements, and (4) numerous examples of violations occurring during the past 18 months involving Operational Safety Requirements (OSR) and other Authorization Basis requirements.