Dana Bryson is a Senior Executive with 34 years of leadership, acquisition, permitting, public involvement, project management, nuclear operations, and nuclear safety experience. Dana has an extensive history of successfully managing hazardous chemical and nuclear facilities, environmental remediation and decommissioning scope for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of the Navy.
Dana concluded his federal career as the site Acting Manager of the DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a Hazard Category 2 Nuclear Facility. He had delegated authority through the Secretary of Energy for facility startup/restart, nuclear safety basis, corrective actions, regulatory permitting, and fee determination. Dana led robust communication efforts and built coalitions with local stakeholders, regulators, and the State of New Mexico to support the WIPP recovery.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and numerous advanced certifications in nuclear safety, public involvement and federal acquisitions.
Dana’s career spans a breadth of experience from direct conduct of nuclear operations as a Shift Refueling Engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to overall responsibility of a national nuclear waste site as the acting DOE Site Manager. He led the transition of the WIPP Site from a shutdown facility to a robust safety culture recognizing both mine and nuclear safety in a unique environment extending 2150 feet underground. The US DOE Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management recognized these successes and wrote that “Dana has led an impressive effort that will result in the safe resumption of operations in 2016.”
Dana led the successful Hanford River Corridor Project at the DOE Richland Operations Office in remediating 220 square miles along the Columbia River including plutonium production reactors, nuclear fuel fabrication and test facilities, thousands of associated waste sites and facilities including Nuclear Hazard Category 2 and 3 waste sites and facilities. He directed the DOE Office of River Protection’s Hanford Tank Farms operations, engineering and nuclear safety programs overseeing 53 million gallons of highly radioactive chemical waste from nuclear fuel processing stored in underground tanks. Dana also managed the development of the Spent Nuclear Fuels Project to successfully remove, treat, and safely store 2300 tons of corroding irradiated nuclear fuel in the Hanford K Basins near the Columbia River. He was the Source Evaluation Board Chairman for two large successful DOE Prime Contract awards while in these leadership roles.