Jim Daffron is the acting portfolio federal project director for environmental cleanup and closure activities at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) as part of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM).
He oversees the planning and execution of environmental cleanup performed at ETTP, in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He leads a diverse, integrated project team that works in partnership with Tennessee and federal regulators to apply the CERCLA process for investigating and making cleanup decisions at ETTP. Several agreed upon removal and remedial actions, targeting contaminated facility demolition and soil remediation, make possible the continued progress toward the goal of making the former gaseous diffusion plant available for private reindustrialization. Future decisions will ensure that remedies implemented for contaminated groundwater and other environmental medial will be protective of human health and the environment. In addition to environmental cleanup, Mr. Daffron is focused on transferring property and serviceable infrastructure to local municipal and private development organizations.
Previously, Mr. Daffron served as a senior project manager for OREM. He has more than 25 years of engineering and management experience. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, he served in various engineering and management positions supporting government and private environmental cleanup and energy conservation studies, design, and construction projects. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, with 30 years of active duty and reserve service, providing extensive leadership, engineering, and construction experience.
Mr. Daffron is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee, and he is a certified Project Management Professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tennessee. He also received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.