Rick Dion is a seasoned manager with over 30 years’ experience in management, operations, and decommissioning in numerous nuclear industry sectors including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. naval nuclear shipyards, United Kingdom nuclear power stations, and for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. He specializes in project management, process development and implementation, transition, technical oversight and mentoring, and independent assessment. He has additional expertise in readiness preparation, conduct of operations, work control, quality management, personnel safety, and decommissioning planning.
Rick Dion is the principal consultant and owner of Dion & Associates, LLC, a veteran owned small business providing support in the nuclear industry which is currently providing support for the development of the plans for shutting down and preparing for decommissioning of the Molybdenum-99 Production Facility at Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Dion has a B.S. in Business Management, is a certified Project Management Professional, and has an inactive top secret (“Q”) clearance.
Mr. Dion was the ESH&Q Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Legacy Management Services Contract where he provided senior leadership as a contractor for the environmental compliance, safety and health, quality assurance, radiological control, and training programs. This role required integration of the efforts of 40 personnel located in 9 offices across the nation to establish and monitor compliance with program requirements to ensure work is conducted in a manner protective of personnel and the environment. He was also the senior manager responsible for programmatic initiatives which encouraged workforce engagement in identification and resolution of safety improvements to support continuation of the contractors Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR status.
He was the Project Manager for the successful development and implementation of processes to ensure the site programmatic infrastructure, for Magnox, Ltd nuclear power stations in the UK was progressively right-sized during decommissioning. This included establishing the processes to transition programmatic functions necessary to support the limited activities/landlord responsibilities during the long-term care & maintenance phase of the project.
Mr. Dion was also the Deputy Project Manager, Operations Manager, and Readiness Manager for the C-400 Interim Remedial Action Project at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. This included the successful initial startup and operation of the Electrical Resistance Heating /Soil Vapor and Groundwater Treatment Systems installed to remove the largest concentration in the DOE complex of trichloroethylene contamination in the soil and groundwater.
As an Assistant Chief Test Engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY), Mr. Dion monitored and provided senior-level technical direction to Shift Test Engineers, Ships Force personnel, production shop personnel, and quality assurance inspectors during nuclear reactor plant operations, maintenance, and testing. He was assigned Senior Supervisory Watch responsibilities during complex nuclear operations. The specific focus of this work was deactivation of nuclear submarine reactor plants and secondary plant support systems. Mr. Dion also held a Radioactive Material Coordinator position at PHNSY in which he was responsible for implementing and enforcing Federal, State, and local regulations as well as radiological controls for the transportation and disposal of radioactive materials and waste.