Friday, May 29, 2009

The Voice of Yucca Mountain

Ward Sproat If you cover the nuclear news world during the later years of the Bush administration, there was no missing Ward Sproat, who turned up at virtually every Congressional hearing having anything to do with nuclear energy. He was Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and essentially the voice of Yucca Mountain from 2006 until last year.

Despite expressing some doubt that his office would submit the the brown mound’s license application to the Department of Energy by the office’s target date (see here for some gloom on his part), he and his staff did get the application done, a nice capstone for his tenure. We can only hope it won’t be the last good news about Yucca.

Anyway, we were quite happy to see him land some work post government service:

Bechtel today announced the appointment of Edward F. (Ward) Sproat, III as Senior Project Manager at Bechtel Power Corporation, effective May 11, 2009. He will become the Project Director for the proposed Calvert Cliffs 3 nuclear energy facility in early June.

We couldn’t find a link to this on Bechtel’s site – we got it with our run of press releases – but we’ll check back Monday and add it if it appears. In any event, congratulations to Mr. Sproat – he doesn’t even have to move – and a good move for Bechtel.

Sproat doing what he did a lot of – testifying.

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