Integrated Safety Management Evaluation Completed

April 1997

Following the discovery in January of the on-site tritium plume emanating from the spent fuel pool of the High Flux Beam Reactor, Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters personnel arrived at BNL.

The DOE's Independent Office of Oversight began an Integrated Safety Management Evaluation in February, 1997 that resulted in unsatisfactory ratings in many areas due to lack of strong management regard for environmental, safety, and health issues at the contractor level, confusion about roles, and insufficient accountability at the DOE level.

It was this report that provided the basis for the Secretary of Energy to terminate its contract with Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), BNL's contractor, on May 1, 1997.