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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

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Leigh Branny

on 16 December 2013

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Transcript of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Goals
Strategic goals:

1. Safe Nuclear Weapons Operations
2. Safe Processing and Stabilization of Nuclear Material
3. Safety in Nuclear Facilities Design and Infrastructure
4. Efficient Nuclear Safety Programs and Analysis
5. Management Excellence

The Board plans on achieving these 5 goals by focusing on Safety in Design, Integrated Safety Management, Technical Competence, Nuclear Safety Research and Development, Standards, and Formality of Operations.


History
Was created in 1988 to provide advice and recommendations to the secretary of energy regarding public health and safety at the defense nuclear facilities managed by the Department of Energy.
The Board met with competing national security, health and safety, environmental, governmental, and public demands placed upon DOE's defense nucelar facilities.
Ever since World War II and the early Cold War days, it's been managed by the Department of Energy.
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Leigh Branny
6th hour
12-16-13

Overview
Members
This agency has a board made up of five people with Peter S. Winokur as Chairman and Jessie H. Roberson as Vice Chairman. John E. Mansfield, Joseph F. Bader, and Sean Sullivan are the next three board members. From here, it's divided into three sections:

1. Administration
General Manager
Mark T. Welch as Deputy General Manager
2. Technical
Steven A. Stokes as Technical Director
Richard E. Tontodonato as Deputy Technical Director
3. Legal
David S. Jonas as General Council
Richard N. Reback as Deputy General Council
5 More Facts
1. The Board headquarters is located in Washington D.C., at 625 Indiana Avenue NW.

2. The Board transmits a total of 100 pieces of correspondence annually.

3. At least one Site Representative is assigned to a Defense Nuclear Facilities location and must produce a weekly report.

4. Chernobyl is the most serious in the U.S. commercial nuclear plant operating history.

5. The Three Mile Island attack was a major setback for trust in all things nuclear.
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Employees and Budget
The President gets to appoint the Board that I mentioned earlier for five year terms.
The Board's enabling legislation authorizes a staff up to 150 personnel.
It is also supported by almost 100 technical and administrative staff.
This agency receives an annual budget of $22 million.
My thoughts
I originally chose this agency because it involved nuclear weapons, but I believe the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is an extremely important agency. Nuclear weapons are such a threat in this world. They can cause an incredible amount of damage. After nuclear incidents such as Chernobyl, the world sees how dangerous these materials are and we are lucky to have an agency that can help.
This agency is an independent agency within the Executive Branch. It was created to identify the nature and consequences of potential threats to public health and safety at the Department of Energy's defense nuclear facilities, to elevate such issues to the highest levels of authority, and to inform the public. The Board plays a key role in maintaining the future viability of the Nation's nuclear deterrent capability by: Ensuring that the health and safety of the public and workers are protected, enhancing the safety and security at our Nation's facilities when nuclear materials are being handled, and providing for the early identification of health and safety vulnerabilities.
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