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									Memo on Elimination of Lead Seals                                                            Page 1 of 2



                     OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

                                      3000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
                                     WASHINGTON, DC 20301-3000

 ACQUISITION AND
                                                                                        29 OCT 1997
  TECHNOLOGY


MEMORANDUM FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (COMMAND,
-------------------------------CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, AND INTELLIGENCE)
--------------------------DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (LOGISTICS)
--------------------------DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
-------------------------------(INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS & INSTALLATIONS)
--------------------------ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
-------------------------------(INSTALLATIONS, LOGISTICS & ENVIRONMENT)
--------------------------ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
-------------------------------(INSTALLATIONS & ENVIRONMENT)
--------------------------ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
--------------------------------(MANPOWER, RESERVE AFFAIRS, INSTALLATIONS &
ENVIRONMENT)
--------------------------ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (NUCLEAR,
---------------------------------CHEMICAL & BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE PROGRAMS)
--------------------------DIRECTOR, DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
--------------------------DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SPECIAL WEAPONS AGENCY
--------------------------DIRECTOR, MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION

SUBJECT: Elimination of Lead Seals

The Department of the Navy (DON) has recommended that DoD eliminate the use of lead seals on
nuclear weapons, nuclear like assemblies, and weapons containers (Attachment 1). The DoD Lock
Program, a joint program under leadership of DON, has already evaluated application of various
substitute seals and determined that substitute seals can be used in applications for which tamper
indicating sealing devices are required. I concur with the DON recommendation, and request that you
initiate steps to eliminate the use of lead seals within DoD. As the DON memorandum points out, there
are "several cost effective, non-lead seals available, that do not produce a hazardous waste stream."
Attachment 2 is a list of substitute (non-lead) seals.

Existing DoD policy provides ample authority for this effort. DoDI 4715.4, "Pollution Prevention,"
states that it is DoD policy to reduce the use of hazardous materials. It also requires that DoD
Components revise standards to eliminate or reduce the use of hazardous materials. Therefore, I request
that all DoD policies and standards concerning the use of seals be revised to prohibit the use of lead
seals, and to require the use of seals made from alternative materials that are non-hazardous.
Components may continue to use lead seals until current stocks are depleted.

My POC for this issue is Mr. Karl Weiss at 703-604-1846.




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Memo on Elimination of Lead Seals                                                          Page 2 of 2




                                                  Sherri W. Goodman
                                                  Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
                                                  (Environmental Security)

Attachments

cc: Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Support Center, Port Hueneme
---CNO (Assistant for Law Enforcement and Physical Security)



                                                                                        Attachment 2

                               LEAD-SEAL ALTERNATIVES

The following list of non-lead seals have been tested by the DoD Lock Program and provided good
tamper indicating capabilities and are suitable replacements for lead-seals currently in use.

1. LEAD-FREE ROTO SEAL, no NSN available at this time.

MFG by E.J. Brooks Company
164 North 13th Street
Newark, New Jersey 07107
(201) 483-0335 FAX: (201) 483-1936
Toll Free in the U.S.: 1 800 458-SEAL

2. THE ENVIRO NL-1 SEAL, no NSN available at this time.

MFG by STOFFEL SEALS
400 High Avenue
P.O. Box 825
Nyac, NY 10960
(914) 353-3800 FAX: (914) 353-3876
Toll Free in the U.S.: 1 800 344-4772

3. ANCHOR SEALS, no NSN available at this time.

MFG by ELC Security Products Inc.
530 Eleventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101-7220
(619) 234-9203 FAX: (619) 234-0523
Toll Free in the U.S.: 1 800 37-SEALS


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