Vit plant project organization to be restructured

By the Tri-City HeraldMarch 20, 2014 

Bechtel National announced Thursday that it is restructuring the project organization of the Hanford vitrification plant with a goal of improving performance.

"Today, we are beginning the process of revising our division of responsibilities and organizational structure," project director Peggy McCullough said in a message to staff.

The revised division of responsibilities will formalize and clarify roles, with Bechtel and its prime subcontractor, URS Corp., each responsible for managing its own assigned work.

Bechtel will directly manage environmental, fire safety, radiological safety, criticality safety and nuclear safety. URS will continue to manage commissioning, operations and readiness, and will directly manage operations training and procedures, full-scale testing, URS human resources and URS business services.

DOE has been asked to approve changes to key personnel or their duties but a decision has not been made.

Mark Lindholm remains the top URS official, with the new title of manager of commissioning and operations. The manager of project controls, Mike Blake, now will report directly to McCullough.

The recent firing of Donna Busche, who has filed whistleblower complaints, left the position of environmental and nuclear safety manager vacant. R.T. Brock has been named manager of nuclear safety engineering, and environmental responsibilities are no longer part of that position.

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