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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Preliminary notice of violation for Nevada explosion

The National Nuclear Security Administration has issued a preliminary notice of violation (PNOV) to the contractor at the Nevada National Security Site in connection with a June 13, 2014 chemical explosion at the Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex. Two workers were injured in the incident. According to the Aug. 25 letter to Raymond Juzaitis, president of National Security Technologies LLC., NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz, said the federal agency “considers the factors that led to the explosion to be of high safety significance.”

“The drum explosion and expelled steel shrapnel had the potential to cause a fatality or more serious physical harm to workers,” Klotz wrote.

The PNOV cites four Severity Level I violations and one Severity Level II violation. The NNSA, according to Klotz’ letter, reduced the contractor’s fee by $2.05 million for the performance period in which the accident occurred. Therefore, he said, the NNSA is not proposing additional civil penalties.

The Nevada contractor is required to submit a response within 30 days of the letter.

This entry was posted in NNSA on September 9, 2015 by Frank Munger.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wallace!!
Someone must investigate these drum farts in Nevada to find out what is going on. It might take 10,000 experiments, but the problem must be worked. Considering just what a bang-up job was done with the LANL accident that closed WIPP, this is just right for research.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a call for more operational excellence.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Ray Juzaitis (former LANL X-division Leader) will claim that LANS sent them the drum that exploded? Yeah, that's it. Ray is another true and tried cowboy from LANL; and arrogant too.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Don't forget that Ray was also at LLNL, where he must have picked up these bad habits. He certainly didn't have them when he left LANL.

Anonymous said...

Juzaitis was LLNL's boy.

Anonymous said...

NSTEC contract is open for bids soon, so the timing of this letter must mean something. If a small cluster of minor incidents plays a role in the selection, then LANS is dead already.

Anonymous said...

NSTEC leadership and technical folks are a bunch of LANS/LLNS/SNL has beens and wannabes. Soon they will have signs saying "Wear shoes that grip". That already have drums blowing up.

Anonymous said...

At least they had the good sense to leave LANS/LLNS/SNL, unlike most of the unemployable lifers who keep working at the labs.

Anonymous said...

"NSTEC leadership and technical folks are a bunch of LANS/LLNS/SNL has beens

September 14, 2015 at 5:05 AM"

Better a 'has been' than a 'never was'.

Anonymous said...

You gotta give credit to Steve Younger for giving $5 bonuses out to NSTEC employees one year. Younger, another LANL tried and true cowboy. No bonuses this year NSTEC.

Anonymous said...

Need I point out that Younger was also a Livermore transplant?

Anonymous said...

Drums farting in Nevada?

Sounds like a LANL problem, all the way around.

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