June 4, 2003
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to BWXT Y-12, related to Welding Inspection Deficiencies at the Y-12 National Security Complex
This letter refers to the Department of Energy’s Office of Price-Anderson Enforcement (OE) investigation of the facts and circumstances concerning quality assurance issues affecting nuclear safety surrounding welding inspection deficiencies in the Y-12 Wet Chemistry Area of Building [ ] from April 2001 through December 2001.
Following consultation with my office, OE initiated an investigation of the weld inspection deficiencies with a full review of relevant documentation and subsequent discussions with NNSA and BWXT Y-12 personnel at Y-12 on December 11-12, 2002. OE findings were provided to you in an Investigation Summary Report dated February 4, 2003. An Enforcement Conference was held with you and members of your staff on March 6, 2003, to discuss the findings associated with the weld inspection deficiencies. An Enforcement Conference Summary is enclosed.