Scott Sax, who has 29 years of experience in the nuclear industry, has been named president and project manager at Washington Closure Hanford.
He replaces Carol Johnson who is retiring at the end of December after a 30-year career in the nuclear industry.
Sax is familiar with Washington Closure’s work to clean up Hanford along the Columbia River after serving as director of Washington Closure’s operations program from 2006 to 2008.
He left Washington Closure to join Washington River Protection Solutions as its chief operating officer and later led work there to empty radioactive waste from leak-prone single shell tanks.
Most recently he has been director of spent fuel management at the Sellafield project in the United Kingdom, which is led by URS Corp.
He oversaw a workforce of 2,500 people and a $440 million annual budget.
Sax has a master of science in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and a master of business administration from the University of Montana.
“I look forward to enhancing the river corridor team’s outstanding reputation by meeting the unique challenges that remain along the Columbia River,” Sax said in a statement.
Washington Closure is in the ninth year of a 10-year contract valued at $2.4 billion.
About 90 percent of the work is completed, including demolishing 294 of 321 buildings and cleaning up 447 of 590 waste sites and burial grounds.