40-Year Veteran in Nuclear Industry Named Executive Director of CNTA
AIKEN, SC - October 1, 2015
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) announced today that 40-year nuclear veteran Michael D. (Mike) Johnson has been named the organization's Executive Director. He began work October 1.
Johnson replaces Dr. Clint Wolfe, who has been appointed Director Emeritus of the organization. Dr. Wolfe had been CNTA's Executive Director since 2008.
CNTA provides education and information on nuclear technology, including nuclear waste management and environmental remediation; energy sources; medical applications of radiation; industrial applications, including food irradiation; nuclear production processes; and national security.
This summer, CNTA launched a national search for a new Executive Director, said Chuck Munns, CNTA Chairman.
"We had many outstanding candidates, but Mike Johnson brings our organization an impeccable array of nuclear experience, including time at the Savannah River Site, that will serve CNTA well," Munns said. "His expertise and understanding of the nuclear industry, coupled with his drive to educate and inform stakeholders, citizens, and others, will make him a superb leader at CNTA and in the nuclear industry."
Johnson is a 40-year veteran in the nuclear industry, including nuclear waste management, nuclear facility start-up operations, radiological control operations, infrastructure management, and program and project management.
Johnson said he is ready to take on the challenge of using his skills in a different but significant way.
"It's obvious to me that people, in general, need to have a better understanding of the benefits of all things nuclear," Johnson said. "My experience shows me that we have the facts to demonstrate how well nuclear fits into our country's future. I look forward to telling that story on behalf of CNTA."
Johnson's most recent assignment before his retirement was President and Project Manager for Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) where, from 2011-2013, he led the remediation of radioactive and hazardous waste tanks at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site. He led removal of high level waste from single shell tanks and transfer to double shell tanks in preparation for feeding the Waste Treatment Plant for vitrification.
Before joining WRPS, he was Executive Director, Waste and Effluent Disposition, for the Sellafield Ltd. Facility nuclear site in the United Kingdom. There he established and led a new directorate to enable consistent and efficient site-wide management of all radioactive waste, including low-level, high-level, mixed, and transuranic (TRU) waste.
In the DOE complex, in addition to WRPS, he has worked at Oak Ridge, Savannah River Site (SRS), Los Alamos, and Idaho Cleanup Project. His primary jobs at most of these sites have involved leadership of facilities performing the high-level waste mission, including closing the first high-level waste tanks at the Idaho Site with concurrence from the State of Idaho, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and DOE. At SRS, Johnson's facility prepared and fed the first high-level waste sludge to the Defense Waste Processing Facility for vitrification.
Johnson is a 21-year veteran of the United States Navy where he served on nuclear-powered submarines. In his last assignment, he was commanding officer of the attack submarine USS Sturgeon, a nuclear-powered submarine.
He graduated with a degree in mathematics from Millsaps College in Jackson MS and graduated from the Navy's Nuclear Power Training Program.
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