Jane Hedges has 30 years of environmental cleanup, waste management and water quality protection in both nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. This includes over 16 years of extensive experience in radioactive and chemical cleanup and waste management and ten years spent managing the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology office overseeing the largest cleanup project in the United States, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ms. Hedges worked on high level sensitive negotiations on behalf of the state, developed and implemented policies to facilitate cleanup decision making, and participated in risk management prioritization to promote responsible fiscal management.
Prior to assuming Ecology management, Ms. Hedges worked as a private consultant and for local government on permitting, water resource issues, solid waste management and watershed protection.
Ms. Hedges has a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology.
Ms. Hedges jointly developed with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency a ‘Groundwater Strategy’ that established the roadmap for groundwater monitoring, protection and cleanup at the Hanford site. During her tenure as Ecology’s Program Manager significant cleanup progress was achieved and long term schedules were agreed to for future work.
Ms. Hedges has worked with diverse communities including potentially responsible parties, governments, tribes, special interest groups and the public to build cooperation and understanding of complex environmental issues and challenges through open transparent communication. During her state career, Ms. Hedges was appointed by two successive Washington Governors to represent the state on two national boards. She was also appointed by the Secretary of Energy to serve on the Environmental Management Advisory Board which provides independent and external advice, information and recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.