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Preliminary Notice of Violation, Sandia National Laboratories - WEA-2010-03

June 1, 2010

Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Sandia Corporation related to the Inadvertent Ignition of a Rocket Motor

This letter refers to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investigation into the facts and circumstances associated with the inadvertent ignition of a rocket motorat the 10,000-foot sled track facility at Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico site on October 9, 2008. The results of the investigation were provided to Sandia Corporation (Sandia) in an Investigation Report dated December 2, 2009.  An enforcement conference was held on February 4, 2010, with members of your staff to discuss the report's findings and Sandia's corrective action plan.  A summary of the enforcement conference is included at the end of the enclosure.