Terry Foppe has 38 years of experience in nuclear and chemical hazard analysis, chemical process safety management, fire protection engineering and occupational safety and health. Most of that time (30 years) has been supporting non-reactor nuclear safety basis development or approvals across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex, including hazards and accident analysis, facility hazard categorization, qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and documented safety analyses and technical safety requirements to define safe operating limits and controls.
Mr. Foppe initially started his career developing, coordinating and implementing safety management and fire protection programs for DOE and other commercial companies to protect employees, the public, property and the environment. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (fire protection engineering), a Certified Safety Professional (comprehensive practice) and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.S. in Safety Management.
Mr. Foppe has thirty years of total safety analysis and risk assessment experience supporting the operating contractors and the DOE for the development and approval of safety basis documents for nuclear weapons production, plutonium residue stabilization, interim storage of special nuclear materials, transuranic (TRU) and low level waste, deactivation and decommissioning and environmental restoration. He has provided nuclear safety design guidance for new and major modifications to plutonium processing and storage facilities, TRU waste and low level waste facilities. He has contributed as an author, team member, team leader, subcontract task lead and peer reviewer to numerous unclassified and classified, substantial-effort safety analyses and risk assessments.
From 1983 to 1995, Mr. Foppe supported the operating contractors during the Rocky Flats plutonium pit production mission and from 1995 to 2005, he supported the DOE Rocky Flats Project Office regarding review and approval of safety basis documents for deactivation, decommissioning, environmental restoration and site closure (documented safety analyses, final safety analysis reports, basis for interim operations, technical safety requirements, unreviewed safety question determinations, justification for continued operations, nuclear and radiological facility hazard categorization) and issuance of DOE safety evaluation reports, NEPA environmental impact statements and environmental assessment risk assessments, emergency planning hazards assessments and offsite emergency planning zones, radiological sabotage vulnerability assessments and other risk assessments.
Since 2001, Mr. Foppe has provided support for safety basis review and approval and readiness reviews to DOE or the operating contractor at other sites, e.g., Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Nevada Test Site, Office of River Protection, Richland Operations Office, Separations Process Research Unit and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (contact handled and remote handled TRU wastes). Prior to his nuclear safety experience, he has an additional eight years of providing occupational safety and health and fire protection engineering services, three of which included managing a staff of over twenty safety professionals for a major manufacturing facility.