AIKEN, S.C. – J. Scott Kirk, an employee at the Savannah River Site (SRS), recently earned the first-ever Nuclear Service Award from a nuclear advocacy group for his achievements advancing technology in the field.
Kirk, the environmental compliance manager at Savannah River Remediation, EM’s liquid waste contractor at SRS, received the award from Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), a non-profit organization that educates residents in the Central Savannah River Area about nuclear technology and energy.
Kirk’s work has spanned from licensing nuclear facilities that provide fuel for the U.S. Navy, to supporting DOE non-proliferation programs, to providing solutions to many of the complex waste management problems that have faced the industry.
CNTA Executive Director Jim Marra said Kirk has for years been thoroughly engaged in seeking innovative solutions to some of the most significant radioactive waste management challenges.
“Scott’s vast list of accomplishments have demonstrated a great passion of the use of nuclear technology across a broad sector of the industry for over 30 years,” Marra said. “His innovative approaches to solving complex issues facing the nuclear industry have been impressive. We are delighted that he is the recipient of the program’s inaugural Nuclear Service Award.”
In his SRR role, Kirk is responsible for environmental permitting and regulatory interfaces. He also manages waste characterization operations required to disposition low-level radioactive waste, transuranic waste, hazardous waste, and mixed radioactive waste generated at the Defense Waste Processing Facility, Saltstone Production Facility, and high-level waste tank farms, all at SRS.
The award recognizes accomplishments in applying nuclear technology, advancing education in nuclear technology, and promoting and defending the safe and effective use of it.