[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 220 (Tuesday, November 17, 2009)]
[Page 59143]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-27551]



Letter From the Secretary of Energy Accepting Defense Nuclear 
Facilities Safety Board (Board) Recommendation 2009-1

AGENCY: Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) is making available the 
November 3, 2009, Secretary's letter to the Board accepting the Board's 
recommendation 2009-1 regarding quantitative risk assessment at defense 
nuclear facilities.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Energy, HS-1.1, 1000 Independence Ave., 
SW., Washington, DC 20585.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE is making this letter available for 
public information and solicits comments from the public. Comments may 
be sent to the address above. The text of the document is below. It may 
also be viewed at: http://www.hss.energy.gov/deprep/default.asp.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2009.
Mark B. Whitaker,
Departmental Representative to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety 
November 3, 2009

The Honorable John E. Mansfield, Vice Chairman, Defense Nuclear 
Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 700, 
Washington, DC 20004-2941.

Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:

    The Department of Energy (DOE) acknowledges receipt of the 
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) Recommendation 2009-
1, Risk Assessment Methodologies at Defense Nuclear Facilities, 
issued on July 30, 2009, and published in the Federal Register on 
August 12, 2009.
    We appreciate the Board's insights on how DOE can better define 
and use quantitative risk assessment methodologies to support DOE's 
primary deterministic approach for ensuring nuclear safety. DOE 
accepts Board Recommendation 2009-1 and will implement it as 
described in the enclosed Implementation Plan.
    I have assigned Mr. Andrew Wallo, III, Deputy Director, Office 
of Nuclear Safety, Quality Assurance and Environment, Office of 
Health, Safety and Security, to be the Department's Responsible 
Manager for developing the Implementation Plan. He can be reached at 
(202) 586-4996.

Steven Chu


[FR Doc. E9-27551 Filed 11-16-09; 8:45 am]