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.
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