November 2021

Independent Assessment of the Nuclear Criticality Safety Program at the Portsmouth Site

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) conducted an independent assessment of the nuclear criticality safety program at the Portsmouth Site (PORTS) from May 31 to June 22, 2021. This assessment was performed at the request of the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) and evaluated the effectiveness of Fluor BWXT Portsmouth, LLC (FBP) in managing and maintaining criticality safety performance through nuclear criticality safety evaluations and the processes used to make determinations of criticality credibility. PPPO oversight of the nuclear criticality safety program was also evaluated.