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ETEC ONLINE: ORR Cleanup Progress at Y-12 & ORNL, Jay Mullis & Ken Rueter
February 19 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Our meeting topic for Friday, February 19 will be the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Progress at Y-12 & ORNL. Jay Mullis, Manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), and Ken Rueter, President and CEO of UCOR will be our speakers.
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM)
John Arthur (Jay) Mullis II is the Manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). He was selected to this position in November 2017.
He is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the 32,400-acre 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. Specifically, Mullis oversees environmental cleanup and stewardship, decontamination and decommissioning activities, waste processing and management, surveillance and maintenance programs, historic preservation efforts, and procurement and contract functions.
Before serving as the Manager, he began serving as OREM’s Deputy Manager in February 2015. 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. He began serving as the Acting Manager in October 2016.
Prior to his selection as Deputy Manager, he was the Acting Deputy Manager and Director of the Engineering, Safety and Quality Division for OREM. 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 30 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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ken Rueter is President and Chief Executive Officer of UCOR, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) cleanup contractor for the Oak Ridge Reservation. 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 DOE’s history. Together, he and the UCOR workforce are eliminating hazards and reducing risks in East Tennessee.
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 DOE’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 almost three decades 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, health and wellness, 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.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and also 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. In 2017, he was presented with the East Tennessee Economic Council Muddy Boot Award, recognizing his contributions to the Oak Ridge community.
In 2019, the National Safety Council recognized Ken’s personal commitment to safety and his philosophy of safety as a prerequisite to all work by naming him a CEO who “Gets It.” This prestigious designation is presented to leaders who go above and beyond to protect employees both on and off the job.