9 June 2006


[Federal Register: June 9, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 111)]
[Page 33442]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Meetings; Sunshine Act

    Pursuant to the provisions of the ``Government in the Sunshine 
Act'' (5 U.S.C. 552b), notice is hereby given of the Defense Nuclear 
Facilities Safety Board's (Board) public hearing and meeting described 
below. The Board will conduct a public hearing and meeting pursuant to 
42 U.S.C. 2286b and invites any interested persons or groups to present 
any comments, technical information, or data concerning safety issues 
related to the matters to be considered.

TIME AND DATE OF MEETING: 9 a.m., July 19, 2006.

PLACE: Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Public Hearing Room, 
625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004-2001. 
Additionally, as a part of the Board's E-Government initiative, the 
meeting will be presented live through Internet video streaming. A link 
to the presentation will be available on the Board's Web site (http://www.dnfsb.gov

Status: Open. While the Government in the Sunshine Act does not require 
that the scheduled discussion be conducted in a meeting, the Board has 
determined that an open meeting in this specific case furthers the 
public interests underlying both the Sunshine Act and the Board's 
enabling legislation.

Matters to be Considered: This public hearing and meeting is the second 
in a series concerning the Department of Energy's (DOE) and National 
Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) incorporation of safety into 
the design and construction of new and existing DOE defense nuclear 
facilities. The Board is responsible, pursuant to its statutory 
charter, to review and evaluate the content and implementation of 
standards relating to the design and construction of such facilities. 
The Board has previously observed the need for improvement in the 
incorporation of safety early in the design of certain new defense 
nuclear facilities. These observations led to the initial public 
hearing and meeting on safety and design, which the Board convened on 
December 7, 2005. At that hearing, the Board explored DOE's safety 
policies, expectations and processes for integrating safety early into 
the design and construction of new facilities and the modification of 
existing facilities. The Board heard testimony from DOE and NNSA 
officials concerning recognition of deficiencies in this area, and 
DOE's and NNSA's plans and commitments to revise its relevant Orders 
and Manuals to ensure integration of safety early in the design and 
construction process. This second hearing on safety in design will 
focus on actions taken by DOE and NNSA to improve incorporation of 
safety early in the design process, and will examine progress 
concerning relevant commitments made prior to and at the first hearing. 
The Board again expects to hear presentations from both DOE and NNSA 
senior management officials concerning integration of safety into 
design. The Board may also collect any other information relevant to 
health or safety of the workers and the public, with respect to safety 
in design, that may warrant Board action. The public hearing portion of 
this proceeding is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 2286b.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Grosner, Deputy General Manager, 
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 
700, Washington, DC 20004-2901, (800) 788-4016. This is a toll-free 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests to speak at the hearing may be 
submitted in writing or by telephone. The Board asks that commentators 
describe the nature and scope of their oral presentation. Those who 
contact the Board prior to close of business on July 18, 2006, will be 
scheduled for time slots, beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. The 
Board will post a schedule for those speakers who have contacted the 
Board before the hearing. The posting will be made at the entrance to 
the Public Hearing Room at the start the 9 a.m. hearing and meeting. 
Anyone who wishes to comment or provide technical information or data 
may do so in writing, either in lieu of, or in addition to, making an 
oral presentation. The Board Members may question presenters to the 
extent deemed appropriate. Documents will be accepted at the meeting or 
may be sent to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's 
Washington, DC office. The Board will hold the record open until August 
19, 2006, for the receipt of additional materials. A transcript of the 
meeting will be made available by the Board for inspection by the 
public at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's Washington 
office and at DOE's public reading room at the DOE Federal Building, 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. The Board 
specifically reserves its right to further schedule and otherwise 
regulate the course of the meeting and hearing, to recess, reconvene, 
postpone, or adjourn the meeting and hearing, conduct further reviews, 
and otherwise exercise its power under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 
as amended.

    Dated: June 7, 2006.
A.J. Eggenberger,
[FR Doc. 06-5310 Filed 6-7-06; 1:36 pm]