Vit plant director Russo taking new position

By The Tri-City HeraldJune 13, 2013 

Bechtel National's project director for Hanford's massive vitrification project is moving on.

While he's not retiring, Frank Russo, 63, said he wants to let someone else take over the construction project at Hanford to lead it into its next phase.

"This project is at a state now where they will have to make a lot of decisions about the path forward," Russo told the Herald.

The massive plant is being built to treat up to 56 million gallons of radioactive waste from past plutonium production for the nation's nuclear weapons program.

Russo, who has been with Bechtel for 40 years, said he will stay with the company until his retirement, taking another position doing what he called a "trade secret."

In a memo sent to employees Thursday, Russo said he will go more into his new position and his replacement in a future message.

"We have thoughtfully been working with DOE to transition leadership," he said. "This is part of normal Bechtel progression that many of you know and experience. However, there is nothing official yet as many of the details are still being finalized."

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