The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has launched its Environmental Management Los Alamos (EM-LA) Office.
EM’s Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Christine Gelles has been named acting manager.
“Christine has been engaged in the radioactive waste management challenges at Los Alamos and is actively involved in all aspects of transition planning,” EM’s Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said. “Christine’s significant managerial expertise in all aspects of the EM legacy cleanup mission will enable a smooth transition of activities from NNSA to EM oversight.”
Formerly managed by the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the new office will report directly to EM headquarters and manage legacy environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Transition activities are underway along with the process of selecting a permanent manager.
Pete Maggiore, who has served as manager for the federal environmental cleanup effort since May 2011, will remain with the National Nuclear Security Administration. The 22 EM staff positions in Los Alamos will stay with the EM office.