Hanford advertising for new manager

The Department of Energy has begun advertising for a new manager for the Hanford Office of River Protection.

One of two top positions at Hanford, the Office of River Protection manager, is in charge of the 53 million gallons of waste held in underground tanks and the $12.3 billion vitrification plant being built to treat the waste.

Applications for the job, advertised as paying $119,554 to $197,700 a year, will be accepted until Dec. 5. In the ad, the tank waste project is called "the largest and most complex environmental cleanup project in the DOE."

Dave Brockman was named Office of River Protection manager in July, but he had made it clear that he still intended to retire in early 2011 as previously announced. Before that he had held Hanford's other top DOE job, manager of the Hanford Richland Operations Office.

Brockman replaced Shirley Olinger, who was named DOE environmental management associate principal deputy, a DOE headquarters' position.