Timothy Runyon currently works for Portage, Inc. as manager of the Carlsbad Technical Assistance Contract that supports the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy and the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. In early 2013 he worked as a consultant providing support to the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy on issues related to spent nuclear fuel transportation and in 2014 he functioned as a communications and stakeholder outreach consultant for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office following the 2014 fire and radiological events at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M.
Prior to that Mr. Runyon was a 33-year veteran of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency – Division of Nuclear Safety and the former Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS). For over two decades, his responsibilities included management of the Bureau of Environmental Safety’s programs for inspections and security escorts for spent nuclear fuel, transuranic waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials in transit; environmental monitoring of nuclear generating stations and other contaminated industrial sites; response to incidents and accidents involving radioactive materials; oversight of licensed and unlicensed radiological remediation projects including health physics support for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund projects; management of low-level radioactive waste including naturally occurring radioactive material, technologically-enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive materials, and radium in water treatment residuals; orphan source recovery and disposal; design and implementation of preventive radiological and nuclear detection programs.
In his capacity with IDNS, Mr. Runyon has also interacted with federal agencies on a routine basis including EPA, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and DOE on issues related to radiological remediation, environmental monitoring and transportation of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive materials and radioactive waste. He has been an active member of DOE stakeholder groups including the Transportation External Coordinators Working Group and the current National Transportation Stakeholders Forum. In 1996, Mr. Runyon participated as member of a DOE team that traveled to Moscow, Russia for presentations and discussions with representatives of the Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy regarding quality assurance and inspection practices for shipping spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. In both 2016 and 2017 he represented the Carlsbad Field Office at the European Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, France at forums related to communications strategy and stakeholder engagement following the 2014 fire and radiological release at WIPP.
Mr. Runyon has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and extensive training and experience in health physics, radiation safety and packaging and transportation of radioactive waste.
Mr. Runyon was appointed in September 2013 to the EMAB as a special government employee to provide expert advice on environmental stewardship and transportation.