Mike Rivera has 30 years of environmental and waste management experience in both nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. He has extensive experience in treatment, packaging, and transportation of hazardous and radioactive materials and waste, including transuranic (TRU) waste destined for disposal at WIPP. He has been involved with the development and implementation of several major DOE projects involving the management and disposal of highly radioactive mixed materials and waste.
Mr. Rivera was the project lead a number of innovations designed to reduce and minimize waste, including the design and patenting of the Pipe-Overpack Component currently being used throughout the DOE complex for the efficient packaging, transport, and disposal of TRU waste. He was also the project lead for the Transuranic Orphan waste project at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) that was successfully deployed under budget and on-schedule. Mr. Rivera has supported TRU waste projects throughout the DOE Complex, including most recently DOE-EM, West Valley Demonstration Project, CH2M-Hill Plateau Remediation, DOE-Richland Office, CWI/Idaho Closure Project, Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, Transuranic Waste Processing Facility, Rocky Flats, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. He has hands-on experience with the implementation of innovative real time solutions to complex operational issues in environmental and waste management, engineering, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), data management and information technology. Mr. Rivera has participated in several vulnerability and performance assessments associated with the transport and disposal radioactive waste.