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Department of Energy names new manger for Savannah River Site

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Dr. Dave Moody will succeed acting site manager Jack Craig as the top Department of Energy (DOE) official at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C.

A veteran DOE administrator with experience at the Rocky Flats Site near Denver, Co. and Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico, Moody was named today as manager of Savannah River Site’s Operations Office, according to DOE releases.

Moody has managed DOE's Carlsbad Field Office for the last five years and has more than 30 years of experience in project management, research and development, nuclear waste management, and environmental restoration, according to the Department.

“He has been a leader on the Rocky Flats and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant projects, both models of DOE’s ability to successfully complete cleanup activities and radioactive waste disposal,” said Ines Triay, DOE’s assistant secretary of energy for environmental management.

Moody has served as DOE Carlsbad Field Office manager, which oversees the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), since December 2005. Under his leadership, WIPP achieved record waste disposal milestones, DOE has said. Triay, herself a former CBFO manager, will initiate a nationwide search for Dr. Moody’s successor.

“WIPP is an extraordinary asset for DOE’s cleanup of former nuclear weapons sites around the country, and the CBFO manager must play an important role in continuing the WIPP project’s enormous success,” said Triay. “We will ensure Dr. Moody’s replacement has the highest qualifications and expertise and we will make the replacement as quickly as possible.”

As manager, Moody will lead efforts at SRS to remove and process radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks; consolidate and process nuclear materials such as plutonium and spent nuclear fuel; make progress towards the disposition of solid radioactive legacy waste; and achieve industrial footprint reduction of 67 percent by the end of 2011 through the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Craig will return to his previous position as director of the department’s Consolidated Business Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Craig was closely guarded while at SRS with DOE rarely granting access to the man who replaced Jeffrey Allison in that position after a messy removal.

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