The Environmental Protection Agency has named acting managers for the next eight months at the Hanford Project Office.
No permanent plan for management of the office has been announced.
Laura Buelow, an environmental scientist at the office, will be in charge for the next 120 days, EPA said Monday. Dave Einan, an environmental engineer with the office, has been assigned to fill in for the 120 days after that.
Dennis Faulk, who had served as a Hanford project manager for eight years, retired at the end of August, with EPA environmental scientist Craig Cameron placed in charge until the start of this week.
EPA is a Hanford regulator and one of the three agencies that sets cleanup plans and deadlines for Hanford under the legally binding Tri-Party Agreement.
The Hanford EPA office in Richland also is responsible for oversight of the Department of Energy’s Idaho environmental cleanup project and some non-government Superfund sites in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
Staff in the office has dropped to four scientists and engineers, with some additional support from Superfund managers in Washington, D.C., who are assigned to Hanford projects. However, Faulk assured the Hanford Advisory Board before his retirement that Hanford would remain a high priority for EPA in the Northwest region.