I have 34 years of experience as a nuclear engineer working on private, military and civilian government nuclear programs. My career path has involved a steady progression in responsibility and authority. As my résumé chronology shows, I have worked on many branches of the nuclear energy industry including licensing, utility operations, ship repair, weapons programs, radwaste and special nuclear material programs. My key skill sets include:
Project/Program Management – More than 20 years experience developing viable project plans, building project baselines and integrating project planning with corporate business systems. This skill encompasses business planning and financial performance analyses;
Stakeholder Involvement – More than 20 years of experience developing informed consent with stakeholder organizations on controversial and contentious projects;
NEPA – Experience as program manager for major environmental impact statements from initial public scoping through data collection and analysis, to issuing the final records of decision;
Expert testimony – I have provided testimony for Congressional hearings on contentious topics;
Team Building – 15 years of experience building teams across technical disciplines within federal agencies and between federal agencies and the private sector to accomplish major nuclear infrastructure goals.
Communications – More than 20 years spent honing my communications skills with senior decision makers, and technical audiences as well as stakeholder communities. I am well versed in new media communications as well as traditional written, oral and formal presentation techniques.
Chronological Listing of Positions Held and Key Accomplishments:
Principal Engineer, Radioactive Material Transportation and Storage Consultants, RAMTASC 8/10 - Present
With the dismantlement of the Yucca Mountain Program, I chose to retire from federal service. I am currently providing consulting support for private sector nuclear energy and non-proliferation initiatives. My near term obligations are to provide policy and strategic planning guidance to the private sector for spent nuclear fuel disposition alternatives now that Yucca Mountain has been removed as an option.
Director, DOE Office of Logistics Management (OLM) 8/03 – 8/10
This Office resided within DOE’s Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program and was created to develop the transportation system for shipping spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain. My responsibilities included program management for transportation capital projects, start-up testing and operations of a major radioactive waste transportation system. My key achievements included:
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;
Developing the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), resource loaded schedules and cost range for these projects. To assure accurate assessment of earned value and meaningful analysis of cost and schedule indices, I migrated business systems and the structure of accounting codes to align with the WBS;
Brokering a multilateral agreement with France, Germany, Great Brittan and Japan over sharing classified information from research I funded on spent nuclear fuel sabotage;
Negotiating an alternative routing option across sovereign tribal lands with the potential of saving $400 million in transportation construction costs;
Establishing a forum for negotiating key transportation policies and emergency response support with states, tribes and industries impacted by the planned transportation system; and
Successfully transitioning all of my staff and contractors to other careers when the administration decided to dismantle the Yucca Mountain Program.
Director, DOE National Transportation Program (NTP) 11/01–8/03
As Director, I oversaw a suite of radioactive material transportation and packaging services my office provided to DOE, including satellite tracking of Transuranic (TRU) Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel shipments. My key achievements included:
Managing the migration of the states’ connection to the satellite tracking data from dial-up to web access. This cut costs and improved access for state emergency responders and still met all the access security protocols required by the NRC;
Providing regulatory assistance 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;
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.
Project Manager for Special Nuclear Material, 11/98–11/01.
Prior to managing the NTP, I served as a project manager with responsibility for integrating DOE’s packaging and shipping requirements for special nuclear materials (SNM) transported in DOE’s secure transportation system. My key achievements included:
- Establishing a Packaging and Shipping Committee that enabled cross program shipment planning for plutonium and other SNM. This integrated planning segued into sharing costs for R&D, certified package development and transportation assets by all participants;
- Sponsoring R&D efforts and design projects to enable shipment of problematic SNM. Package designs that prevented explosive gases produced by radiolysis from making the transition from deflagration to detonation was a major accomplishment;
- Developing vulnerability assessments for specific Category 1 nuclear material shipments to allow alternative shipping options;
- Development of Operations Research Models to maximize the use of a constrained federal agent resource base and maximize secure shipment throughput.
Radioactive Waste Engineer 1/95 – 11/98
I Provided DOE oversight for radioactive and mixed radioactive waste management and pollution prevention activities at DOE weapons laboratory sites. This included integrated planning and budgeting and development of effective waste management metrics. My key achievements included:
- Funding 43 projects that reduced the amount of radioactive waste being produced by weapons programs and mitigated the toxicity of remaining wastes;
Re-engineering business models to integrate the cost of waste management into the budgets for weapons program production activities. This created built in incentives for reducing waste without having to provide project funding specifically for waste minimization;
- Creating waste management metrics that normalized performance with changes in production activity;
- Serving as a senior technical advisor on a three month long Type “A” accident investigation delving into the internal contamination of five workers at a National Laboratory with plutonium 238. We identified the root cause of the accident and multiple contributing causes that had to be resolved.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Project Engineer & Branch Chief, 7/81 – 12/94
As a Project Engineer I coordinated the nuclear engineering aspects of refueling overhauls for surface ships and submarines. Working as the Special Nuclear Projects branch Chief I had the lead for developing submarine inactivation procedures. My achievements included:
- Saving the cost and schedule for a refueling overhaul that included a change in the reactor core design (the CGN-36, California). On the CGN-36, major errors in alteration designs could have caused significant schedule delays. I developed alternative work strategies that allowed parallel execution of major aspects of the overhaul and obtained NAVSEA sponsorship of on-site approval of design changes to allow critical path project activities to continue;
- Helping the Navy recover from problems with residual liquids found in disposal packages for submarine reactor compartments. My Special projects branch developed procedures and equipment to effectively drain and certify that all future submarine reactor compartments met disposal requirements;
- Conducting R&D on options for restricting flow oscillations in the steam generators of operating nuclear powered submarines. I also developed the special tooling and procedures for installing the equipment my team designed.
- Pioneering the use of flame sprayed metallic coatings and other advanced materials to enhance corrosion protection for secondary nuclear system components on naval ships;
Licensing Engineer for Portland General Electric 6/75–8/80
Immediately after college I started work on the Trojan Plant Safety Analysis Report and worked on plant start-up once the license was received in 1975. My key accomplishments included:
- Developing two phase modeling programs and analyzing operational transients at the Trojan plant. These models supported proposed changes to the technical specifications in the Final Safety Analysis Report;
- Providing analytical support for the Three Mile Island Plant accident as the transient was underway;
- Analyzing the potential impacts of Skylab hitting the Trojan plant as it fell out of orbit.
- 2008 Appointment to the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board Hazardous Material Transportation Committee;
- 2006 Appointment to Academy of Distinguished Engineers, OSU;
- 2001 Albuquerque Operations Office Performance Excellence Award for Secure Transportation Optimization;
- 1998 Albuquerque Operations Office Gold Quality Award for Incentivizing Waste Minimization by Linking Waste Management Costs to Production Activities;
- 1994 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Demonstrated Quality Award for Submarine Reactor Disposal Process Development;
1990 Shipyard Commander’s Award
for Project CS2 (Cost and Schedule Control System) Success on the CGN-36, California Reactor Overhaul.
- The National Environmental Policy Act and Transportation Project Development by J. G. Lanthrum, US Department of Energy, Washington, DC, USA. Presented to the International Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material (PATRAM) Conference in 2007;
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT VERSUS PRIVATE SECTOR PROJECTS by Gary Lanthrum, US Department of Energy. Presented at Waste Management Symposium, 2005
- MODELING TRANSPORTATION RESOURCE CAPACITY AND OPTIMIZING SECURE SHIPPING OPERATIONS by Gary Lanthrum, U.S. Department of Energy; and Dean A. Jones, Jennifer Bechdel and Mark A. Turnquist of Sandia National Laboratories. Presented at Waste Management 2002;
- Operations Research Modeling of Transportation Networks by Gary Lanthrum, U.S. Department of Energy; and Dean A. Jones, Jennifer Bechdel and Mark A. Turnquist of Sandia National Laboratories. Presented at ANS Topical Meeting on Spent Nuclear Fuel and Fissile Materials Management, 2002