EM has selected Joel Bradburne to serve as field manager of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) in Lexington, Kentucky.
In this role, Bradburne will oversee the deactivation and demolition of the former gaseous diffusion facilities at the Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky sites, and the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project, which includes operations at both locations.
Bradburne was named acting PPPO manager on July 31 this year. Prior to that, he served as PPPO deputy field manager. In that position, he provided leadership direction to the Lexington professional staff and site management, and served as manager of the DUF6 project.
“Joel’s experience managing primary projects at PPPO makes him uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White said. “We are looking forward to Joel’s continued commitment to cleanup progress at EM’s Portsmouth and Paducah sites, as well as the ongoing operations of the DUF6 plants.”
Before joining the PPPO office in Lexington, Bradburne was the Portsmouth Site lead for eight years, and was heavily involved in planning and execution of the current deactivation and demolition approach at the site.
Bradburne has more than 35 years of experience in government and commercial nuclear operations and cleanup. His DOE experience includes more than 20 years at numerous sites and projects.
Prior to moving to Portsmouth, Bradburne was a senior project manager with Nuclear Fuel Services in South Carolina. He held several management positions with Fluor Fernald, Inc., at the DOE Fernald Site near Cincinnati from 1994 to 2004. He also worked in shipyard and foreign nuclear site decommissioning.
Bradburne earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater College in Virginia and a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Findlay in Ohio.
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