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Subject Term: "Nuclear facility safety"

2 publications with a total of 3 priority recommendations
Director: David C. Trimble
Phone: (202) 512-3841

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: To help improve DOE's ability to take enforcement action against unlawful retaliation when appropriate and take action against contractors that create a chilled work environment, the Secretary of Energy should revise DOE's Integrated Safety Management policy and guidance to clarify what constitutes evidence of a chilled work environment and define the appropriate steps DOE should take to hold contractors accountable for creating a chilled work environment.

Agency: Department of Energy
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: DOE concurred with the recommendation. In January 2018, DOE issued a revision to DOE Policy 450.4A. The revised policy states that organizations should foster a culture that allows employees to "feel free to raise safety concerns without fear of retaliation...and supporting a questioning attitude concerning safety by all employees." However, the policy does not define the appropriate steps DOE should take to hold contractors accountable for creating a chilled work environment. We will continue to monitor DOE's implementation of this recommendation.
Director: David C. Trimble
Phone: (202) 512-3841

2 open priority recommendations
Recommendation: To improve DOE's management and oversight of the WTP project, the Secretary of Energy should, in accordance with DOE's Office of River Protection quality assurance policy, conduct an extent-of-condition review for WTP's High Level Waste and Low Activity Waste facilities' systems that have not been reviewed by DOE.

Agency: Department of Energy
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: DOE agreed with the recommendation. However, as of December 31, 2017, DOE has not completed extent-of-condition reviews for the remainder of WTP's High Level Waste and Low Activity Waste facilities' systems that have not been reviewed and construction has continued without further limitation. DOE should complete extent-of-condition reviews for all of the facilities' systems to identify and address any additional technical challenges.
Recommendation: To improve DOE's management and oversight of the WTP project, the Secretary of Energy should consider whether or to what extent construction activities for the High Level Waste and Low Activity Waste facilities should be further limited until aggressive risk mitigation strategies are developed and employed to address technical challenges that DOE, the contractor, and others have identified but not yet resolved.

Agency: Department of Energy
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: As of December 31, 2017, DOE has developed and employed some risk mitigation strategies to address previously identified technical challenges. To fully address the recommendation, DOE should consider whether or to what extent construction activities for those facilities should be further limited until extent-of-condition reviews of the facilities are completed to identify any additional challenges, and risk mitigation strategies are developed and employed to address those technical challenges.