Proven ExperienceJohn Tseng has over 40 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including working with DOE at several locations. He most recently was a senior advisor with the Savannah River Remediation at the Savannah River Site assisting in disposition of tank waste and tank closure. From 2002 to 2009, John was a senior advisor at the Plutonium Facility (TA-55) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Before that he was the director of the Office of Nuclear Materials and Spent Fuel and the Office of Hanford Programs for DOE’s Environmental Management. He led the complex-wide efforts to address the safety issues with Hanford tank wastes, and a rebaseline study that resulted in the establishment of the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System. While at DOE headquarters, Mr. Tseng held policy positions with Defense Programs and Environment, Safety and Health that facilitated the transition of DOE from self-regulation to compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
John held various positions at the Savannah River Site (SRS). He led the preparation of environmental impact statements for the DOE Away-from-Reactor Commercial Spent Fuel Storage Program, Double-Shell Tanks, Defense Waste Processing Facility and restart of L Reactor.
While at SRS, he worked with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the issuance of its rules for the Away-from-Reactor Spent Fuel Storage Installations and worked with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory to implement environmental studies responding to emerging environmental regulations and requirements, including applying remote sensing techniques to the mixed forest environment of the Southeastern United States.
John also conducted safety and environmental analyses for licensing several nuclear power plants.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Health Physics, from Northwestern University, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
At the Savannah River Site, John supported continuing efforts to disposition tank waste by operations of the Defense Waste Processing Facility and the Saltstone complex, and close tanks – Tanks 18 and 19 were operationally closed in 2012, and Tanks 5 and 6 are in the closure process. While at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, John had the opportunity to apply policy experience in an operational facility, and participated in efforts to disposition nuclear materials, and improved safety of glovebox workers.
Some of the notable results at the Department of Energy include:
- Issuance of a report to Congress on DOE’s Integrated Nuclear Materials Management Plan, A Strategic Approach to Integrating Long-Term Management of Nuclear Materials;
- Coordinated Complex-wide efforts to develop technology to support plutonium stabilization and packaging operations at Rocky Flats, Hanford, LANL, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Savannah River Site;
- Establishment of a corporate Nuclear Material Stewardship Initiatives that resulted in a draft National Resource policy and resolution of cross program issues to assist disposition of surplus nuclear materials at EM sites;
- Led a feasibility study, including consultation with industry, financial institution, Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and Congress, resulted in a phased approach to privatize remediation of Hanford tank waste;
- Implemented an activity/hazard-based safety analysis strategy for Tank SY-101, resulted in the implementation of a mitigation project to prevent build-up of flammable gases in the waste;
- Led a systems review of management and disposal of Hanford tank wastes, resulted in the cancellation of the Hanford Waste Vitrification Project/grout program, and formulation of the Tank Waste Remediation System (now River Protection);
- Implemented a technology/technical review capability (Red Team) for EM to support the DOE Major System Acquisition process; and
- Participated in a study that resulted in the establishment of the Office of Environmental Management as a line program office.
Mr. Tseng has been awarded the Secretary of Energy Meritorious Services Award and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Services.