Mary Beth Burandt
Ms. Mary Beth Burandt has a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Mary Beth has thirty-five years of experience and technical expertise in environmental compliance, regulatory reporting, regulator interactions/negotiations, training, program, and project management within the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD). She has worked closely with the Federal Project Directors and the contractors to integrate cross-cutting items, coordinated the Hanford Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit activities between the Office of River Protection (ORP), Richland Operations Office (RL), Department of Ecology, and the Tank Farm and Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) contractors. Mary Beth was responsible for writing the operating permit for the WTP facilities, submittal of the Land Disposal Restriction variance for glass, and the WTP Environmental Demonstration Performance test, and construction and operating permits for the Tank Side Cesium Removal system. Mary Beth was also the NEPA Document Manager for the Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement, and the Office of River Protection NEPA Compliance Officer. Mary Beth has experience in the TSCA regulations and drafted the Risk Based Disposal Approval for treatment of PCBs for Direct Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW). Mary Beth has been responsible for training new employees and recommending assignments to the Environmental Compliance Division Director on RCRA permitting responsibilities.
Ms. Burandt, in her current role as an Environment Regulatory Consultant, supports the Department of Energy (DOE), completing critical assessments of the contractor’s Air Operating and Dangerous Waste Programs, NEPA, TSCA, support and WTP integration, as required to start up and commission the Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste Facility. Mary Beth provides strategic solutions to emerging project challenges such as the ongoing maturation of the contractor’s Air Operating and Dangerous Waste Programs and interfaces between Tank Farms (TF), WTP, and AMSE. She performs regulatory and programmatic reviews for adequacy and reliability; ensures compliance with established criteria and sound engineering principles; and identifies gaps or omissions, discrepancies, inadequacies, and nonconformance with approved criteria. Her focus is identifying areas related to DFLAW which require resolution or documentation of readiness in support of operations.
Ms. Burandt provided support to the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of River Protection. She served as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) lead. Mary Beth was responsible for training new employees and recommending assignments to the Environmental Compliance Division Director on RCRA permitting responsibilities. This included a review of existing facility construction permits and the process for evaluating and making permit changes, the development of new construction and operating permits for the new Low Activity Pretreatment Facility and Effluent Management Facility, and conversion of the WTP permit from a construction permit to an operating permit. These activities required working closely with the Federal Project Directors and the contractors to integrate cross-cutting items. Additional responsibilities included coordinating the Hanford RCRA permit renewal activities between ORP, DOE-RL, Ecology, Tank Farm, and WTP contractors. Additionally, she was responsible for the implementation of NEPA for the Office of River Protection, which included advising projects on NEPA coverage provided by the Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement (TC&WM EIS), documenting existing NEPA coverage, and making recommendations related to where additional NEPA analysis may be needed to support the Direct Feed Mission.
Ms. Burandt provided support to the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific NW Site Office. She was responsible for all environmental permitting, including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), including Notices of Construction, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and waste management activities at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She developed a Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) strategy for laboratory management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and co-led the Richland PCB management team dealing with site-wide TSCA issues. Mary Beth developed and implemented performance measures and incentives in ES&H for PNNL, reviewed progress and recommended contractor ratings to the contracting officer and senior management.