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Jun 9

ETEC Meeting: Ken Rueter, UCOR & Jay Mullis, DOE OREM

June 9, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Our speakers at the June 9 ETEC meeting are Jay Mullis, Acting Manager for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, and Ken Rueter, President and Project Manager for URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR), the Department of Energy’s lead cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).

Both speakers will address current environmental cleanup and reindustrialization priorities on the Oak Ridge Reservation as described in two recent documents – a strategic plan entitled “Achieving the Vision” and an ETTP site closure plan entitled “Closure and Reuse”.

Mullis is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation which entails successfully managing the cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Before serving as the Acting Manager beginning in October 2016, he was the Deputy Manager for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

Rueter leads a professional management team and over 1,500 skilled workers as they successfully undertake the first-ever complete cleanup of a gaseous diffusion complex. Under Ken’s leadership, UCOR is completing CERCLA cleanup of government gaseous diffusion facilities ahead of schedule, under budget and safely, achieving Star status in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program. This is the largest environmental cleanup project in the Department of Energy’s history.

Cleanup is paving the way to achieve DOE’s goals of creating a safer environment and making land available for future economic development. Under its DOE contract, UCOR is engaged in two primary activities – cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), former home of the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and cleanup and demolition of excess contaminated facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex.

UCOR is supporting DOE’s goal to turn ETTP land and buildings over to local entities for development of a private sector industrial park. The park will attract new industries and create jobs. The cleanup work at ETTP is helping DOE and the Federal government to reduce costs, meet obligations to the environment and create a community asset that will serve as a platform for impressive job growth and economic development for decades into the future.

In addition to ETTP, there is a significant amount of cleanup work left to do at Y-12 and ORNL. This work is important because it supports and facilitates ongoing missions of these two essential facilities and sets the stage for new national missions in the future.

Ken Rueter
President and Cleanup Project Manager
East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP)
UCOR – URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

As President of UCOR, Ken has guided and motivated a professional management team and hundreds of skilled workers as they successfully undertake the largest environmental cleanup in the Department of Energy’s history.

Under Ken’s oversight, UCOR has experienced an unmatched record of success – not only finishing major projects ahead of schedule and under budget but doing so safely as demonstrated by the Department of Energy’s awarding UCOR Star status in its Voluntary Protection Program. As a result of Ken’s leadership, UCOR’s incentive award fees from DOE have been among the highest in the complex.

During more than 25 years of industry experience, Ken has led all aspects of site cleanup and remediation, radioactive waste treatment and project integration, including construction, risk management as well as cost and schedule development. Previously, Ken served as President of Savannah River Remediation LLC and as Project Manager for the Savannah River Liquid Waste Project.

Earlier in his career, Ken served as Chief Operating Officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract in Washington State and as Director of Project Integration for Washington River Protection Solutions at DOE’s Hanford site.

Ken is most proud of building investment-worthy enterprises that deliver more value to the customer for every dollar spent. That philosophy is paying off as DOE has exercised the option period of UCOR’s Oak Ridge contract, opening the door for even more work through 2020.

In Oak Ridge, Ken is an active community leader, representing UCOR as a member of local organizations that promote economic development, entrepreneurship, outdoor recreational opportunities and civic pride. These groups include the East Tennessee Economic Council, the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association and the Tennessee Valley Corridor. Under Ken’s oversight, UCOR, its employees and subcontractors also donate more than $100,000 to area United Way organizations each year.

Rueter serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Construction Research and Training. He was the 2016 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ prestigious Management Division Award.

John Arthur (Jay) Mullis II
Acting Manager
Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management

Jay is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation which entails successfully managing the cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Before serving as the Acting Manager beginning in October 2016, he was the Deputy Manager for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. In this capacity, he helped direct and support the office’s division directors and federal project directors to ensure federal oversight and progress conducting environmental cleanup across the Oak Ridge Reservation.

Prior to his selection as Deputy Manager in February 2015, he was the Acting Deputy Manager and Director of the Engineering, Safety and Quality Division for the Oak Ridge EM office. Additionally, Jay led the SEB that resulted in the award of the UCOR contract.

Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina.  He completed extensive training and was qualified as a Nuclear Engineer while working for the Navy at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and has been a fully certified Facility Representative for the DOE.

Jay has more than 25 years of Federal service.  His experience consists of approximately nine years working in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program at Charleston Naval Shipyard with the balance of his service working for DOE in various assignments related to environmental restoration, decontamination and decommissioning, and waste management activities.  He has led or been a member of numerous audits and assessments, including Conduct of Operations and Conduct of Maintenance assessments.


June 9, 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 am
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UT Outreach Center, Homer Fisher Room
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
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