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Johnson named Washington Closure Hanford president

07.12.2011

RICHLAND, Wash—Carol A. Johnson has been named President and Project Manager for Washington Closure Hanford. As president, Johnson will oversee Hanford’s $2.3 billion, 220-square-mile River Corridor Closure Project – the nation’s largest environmental cleanup closure project.

She replaced Neil Brosee, who retired July 8 after a 45-year career in the nuclear industry. “Carol’s track record for project management and leadership experience is exactly what is needed to lead the River Corridor project on the road to closure,” Brosee said.

Johnson has been with Washington Closure since November 2010, serving as the Closure Director.  Before joining Washington Closure, she was the Infrastructure Executive Director at the URS-led Sellafield project in the United Kingdom where she was responsible for critical nuclear safety-related infrastructure and support services, commercial fuel transport and nuclear materials safeguards and security.  She managed more than 1,900 employees and an annual budget of about $500 million in a highly regulated environment operated under a nuclear license and overseen by the Nuclear Installation Inspectorate.

Johnson is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has more than 30 years experience in the nuclear industry. In addition to work in Sellafield, she has held technical and managerial assignments at the Savanna River Site in South Carolina, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Idaho National Laboratory.

“I am inheriting a workforce that has made tremendous strides in Hanford cleanup over the last six years,” Johnson said. “The team has worked nearly 4.5 million hours without a lost work day. We’re 12 percent ahead of schedule and $240 million under budget. We’re on track to meet the Department of Energy’s vision for cleanup and closure of the River Corridor in 2015. This is a safe, high-performing team, one that I am honored to lead.”

Washington Closure is a limited liability company owned by URS, Bechtel National and CH2M Hill. The company manages the River Corridor Closure Project for DOE’s Richland Operations Office. Washington Closure is responsible for demolishing 312 contaminated buildings, cleaning up an estimated 550 waste sites, placing two former plutonium production reactors and one nuclear facility in interim safe storage and managing the Hanford Site’s cleanup landfill, the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

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