|For Immediate Release||August 5, 2004|
|Media Contact:||Jim Giusti (803) 952-7697|
Aiken, S.C. -The Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) has finished a complete inventory of classified removable electronic media (CREM) as part of a DOE-wide stand-down that was ordered by the Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham. DOE has permitted SRS to end the stand-down and continue normal operations that involve these classified materials, today.
"The Savannah River Site has been authorized by the Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to resume all work that involves the CREM materials," said Ron Bartholomew, Director of Safeguards and Security and Emergency Operations for DOE at SRS.
The complex-wide stand-down, which began on July 23, involved a physical inventory of accountable CREM; the maintaining of CREM in approved repositories under the direct control of authorized and trained custodians; and establishing a formal checkout process for all accountable CREM and accessibility to CREM.
"We found no problems with our procedures and CREM inventories. I was very pleased with the positive response by all of the SRS employees who were affected by the stand-down. They all did a very professional job ensuring that the CREM was accounted for and will continue to be handled properly," said Ron Bartholomew.
SRS was authorized to resume full operations of all areas that involved the CREM. The approval includes resumption of all Defense Programs activities that are the responsibility of NNSA located on SRS.