CH2M Hill names new president for central Hanford contractor

The president of Hanford contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. announced on Monday that he will be leaving and his replacement has been named.

John Ciucci is taking a job at the CH2M Hill corporate office in Colorado as part of a recent corporate reorganization, he told employees Monday morning.

Ty Blackford is returning to Hanford from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina to take over as president and chief executive officer.

The date in the change of leadership is yet to be determined.

“Ty is a familiar face at Hanford with more than 20 years of experience at Hanford,” Ciucci said in a message to employees. Ciucci has led CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. since 2014.

The Department of Energy contractor is responsible for all central Hanford environmental cleanup, with the exception of underground waste tanks, and is responsible for cleaning up groundwater across the site. It also has taken over remaining cleanup along the Columbia River with the expiration of the Washington Closure Hanford contract for the work.

Blackford took his first job at Hanford in 1992, working on multiple projects on the nuclear reservation until early 2015, when he was vice president of decommissioning, waste, fuels and remediation services for CH2M Hill at Hanford. He left Hanford for Savannah River, becoming executive director of tank closure and regulatory strategies at Savannah River Remediation.

Previously, he was the director of waste services at the Hanford tank farms until he was named a top manager for CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. when it was awarded the central Hanford cleanup contract in 2008. He was named one of the top managers then, project manager for waste and fuels.

Through the years at Hanford, he has led the transuranic waste program, the mixed waste treatment program, the K Basins found fuel project and the 324 Building B Cell clean out project.

In total, he has 31 years of experience on projects for DOE, the Department of Defense and others.

He is expected to lead CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. through the final two years of its contract.

The contractor has the opportunity to complete the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant, move radioactive sludge held in the K West Basin away from the Columbia River and finish cleanup of the 618-10 Burial Ground before its contract expires, Ciucci said.

DOE has just completed moving three projects and 322 workers to CH2M Hill with the Sept. 30 conclusion of the river corridor cleanup contract.

Projects include the 324 Building, which sits above a highly radioactive spill just north of Richland; the remaining cleanup of the high hazard 618-10 Burial Ground and management of Hanford’s huge, lined landfill, the Environmental Restoration and Disposal Facility.

Tammy Hobbes joins CH2M Hill at Hanford as a vice president in charge of the landfill and 618-10 Burial Ground. She most recently worked at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

Chief Operating Officer Bill Kirby will lead work for at 324 Building, in addition to his current duties.

CH2M Hill announced Monday that Karen Wiemelt, vice president of the soil and groundwater remediation project at Hanford, would be moving to the corporate office.

John Rendall is the new vice president for that work. He comes to Hanford from DOE’s West Valley, N.Y., project.

Annette Cary: 509-582-1533, @HanfordNews