J. Gary Lanthrum, Principal Engineer
Radioactive Material Transportation and Storage Consulting
Gary Lanthrum is a nuclear engineer with 42 years of experience working on private, military and civilian government nuclear programs. His background includes stints as a licensing engineer at the Trojan nuclear plant, project manager for nuclear submarine decommissioning, and Director of the Office of National Transportation for the Yucca Mountain Program @ DOE. Currently Gary is consulting with private companies and governments as they grapple with nuclear waste transportation, storage and final disposition issues in the wake of the Yucca Mountain Program’s dismantlement.
Chronological Listing of Positions from 2001 - Present
Principal Engineer, RAMTASC consulting 1/14 – Present
At the end of 2013, Mr. Lanthrum began to cut back on his work hours as part of a gradual transition to retirement. Working part time was not possible as an employee of NAC International, so he opened a consulting company that contracts to clients requiring support for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high level radioactive waste (HLW) transportation and storage projects. NAC remains a key client. As the Principal Engineer for RAMTASC, Mr. Lanthrum continues to provide technical, financial and political analyses of SNF & HLW storage and transport options for both the private and government sectors.
Vice President for Consulting, NAC International 8/10 – 12/13
As Vice President for Consulting at NAC international, Gary continued to work on major nuclear waste management policies and projects with private and government sector clients. He gave expert testimony on nuclear waste management to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) and worked to turn the BRC recommendations into operating reality. Internationally, Gary led NAC contracts to advise Japan and China on damaged fuel recovery, transportation and storage options. Gary also completed a number of private and government sector nuclear waste management projects in the United States during his tenure at NAC International.
Director, DOE/OCRWM Office of Logistics Management (OLM) 8/03 – 8/10
This Office resided within the Department of Energy’s Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program. It was created to develop the transportation system for shipping spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain. Mr. Lanthrum’s responsibilities included program management for transportation capital projects, route selection, emergency response training support, start-up testing and contracting for operations of a major radioactive waste transportation and storage system. His key achievements included:
Director, DOE/EM National Transportation Program (NTP) 11/01–8/03
- Completing two environmental impact statements and issuing records of decision on mode of transport and the selected transportation corridor for railroad construction;
- Developing and approving a National Transportation Plan, a Conduct of Operations Plan and establishing the requirements for capital projects with an EAC of $3.7 billion;
- Obtaining key policy decisions on the operational alternatives to guide system development and to address key stakeholder concerns;
- Running a forum for negotiating route selection and providing emergency response training support in collaboration with states, tribes and other stakeholders impacted by the planned transportation system.
As Director of the National Transportation Program within the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, Mr. Lanthrum oversaw a suite of radioactive material transportation and packaging services his office provided to DOE. These included satellite tracking of Transuranic (TRU) Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel shipments. His key achievements included:
- Resolving challenges faced by states trying to access satellite tracking data for shipments of Transuranic (TRU) and SNF waste through their jurisdictions. This required migrating access to the tracking system from dial-up to web based protocols. This cut costs and improved access for state emergency responders and still met all the access security protocols required by the NRC;
- Providing a Transportation Compliance Evaluation and Assistance Program (TCEAP) to DOE sites starting radioactive waste shipping campaigns. This compliance assistance program prevented violations, fines and helped preserve shipping schedules by ensuring consignments met all regulatory requirements. Part of this assistance program included development of routing and security plans for shipments of highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive materials;
- Creating public access to the main radiological risk assessment tool used for assessing potential impacts of radwaste shipment accidents and threats and providing a help desk for using the program;
- Initiating tribal outreach programs for transportation planning across sovereign tribal lands;
- Creating a clearing-house for sharing transportation assets and communicating lessons learned from complex-wide radioactive material shipment activities.
Education, Credentials and Affiliations
- Special Nuclear Material Project Manager DOE/EM 1995 – 2001
- Special Projects Branch Chief, Submarine Decommissioning - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – 1990 – 1995
- Nuclear Project Manager Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – 1981 – 1990
- Licensing Engineer – Portland General Electric Company 1975 - 1981
- B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University 1975
- Appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board Hazardous Material Transportation Committee, 2008 (Still serving in this capacity)
- DOE Special Act Award for Integrated Approach to Packaging and Transporting Nuclear Materials, 2007
- Academy of Distinguished Engineers, Oregon State University, 2006
- DOE Superior Achievement Award for Integrated Nuclear Materials Management Plan, 2000