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Ecology’s John Price Earns Interstate Leadership Award

John Price, NWP Tri-Party Agreement Section ManagerJohn Price of the Washington Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program has earned the 2016 Team Leader of the Year Award by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC).

ITRC is a public-private coalition working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative environmental technologies that reduce compliance costs and maximize cleanup efficacy. ITRC produces documents and training that broaden and deepen technical knowledge and work to speed up quality regulatory decision-making while protecting human health and the environment.

ITRC works through technical teams, which are composed of environmental professionals, including state and federal environmental regulators, federal agency representatives, industry experts, community stakeholders and academia.

Since 2014, Price has been co-leader of a team developing guidance on how best to manage the cleanup efforts on complex sites. The team was formed after a 2013 National Research Council report found that of 126,000 cleanup sites nationwide, about 10 percent have residual contamination making it difficult to achieve unrestricted use. Price expects the team to issue its guidance in late 2017, and to start internet-based training in 2018.


Nuclear Waste Program’s Alex Smith takes stock on her year in transition

Alex Smith, NWP Program ManagerIn April 2016, Alex Smith took over as manager of the Nuclear Waste Program. She had been a lawyer at the Port of Seattle and also served in a number of other capacities both private and public, including as an assistant attorney general responsible for Ecology’s hazardous waste and toxics reduction program. She recently took time to reflect on her year at the helm, as well as the status of the cleanup at Hanford.