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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

102 STAT. 2076

Research and development.

Public information. Classified information.

PUBLIC LAW 100-456—SEPT. 29, 1988

potential problems in stockpile reliability and safety in existing designs of nuclear weapons. (2) To assure that the specific materials, components, processes, and personnel needed for the remanufacture of existing nuclear weapons or the substitution of alternative nuclear warheads are available to support such remanufacture or substitution if such action becomes necessary in order to satisfy reliability and safety requirements under a low-threshold or comprehensive test ban agreement. (3) To assure that a vigorous program of research in areas related to nuclear weapons science and engineering is supported so that, if a low-threshold or comprehensive test ban agreement is entered into, the United States is able to maintain a base of technical knowledge about nuclear weapons design and nuclear weapons effects. (d) CONDUCT OF PROGRAM.—The Secretary of Energy shall carry out the prt^ram provided for in subsection (b). The program shall be carried out with the participation of representatives of the Department of Defense, the nuclear weapons production facilities, and the national nuclear weapons laboratories. (e) ANNUAL REPORT.—The Secretary of Energy shall submit to Congress each year an unclassified report (with a classified annex as necessary) that describes the progress made to the date of the report in achieving the purposes of the program required to be established under subsection (b). PART D—DOE DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY OVERSIGHT BOARD SEC. 1441. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—(1) The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter: "CHAPTER 21. DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD 42 USC 2286.

President of U.S.


"(a) ECTABUSHMENT.—There is hereby established an independent establishment in the executive branch, to be known as the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board' (hereafter in this chapter referred to as the 'Board'). "(b) MEMBERSHIP.—(1) The Board shall be composed of five members appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among United States citizens who are respected experts in the field of nuclear safety with a demonstrated competence and knowledge relevant to the independent investigative and oversight functions of the Board. Not more than three members of the Board shall be of the same political party. "(2) Any vacancy in the membership of the Board shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. "(3) No member of the Board may be an employee of, or have any significant financial relationship with, the Department of Energy or any contractor of the Department of E n e i ^.