Source: Press Release, OREM | January 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the selection of Sue Cange as the manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM). Previously, Cange served as the acting manager of EM’s Oak Ridge Office since May 2014, and she has served as the deputy manager since March 2011.
“Sue has a long and proven record of leadership,” said EM’s Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney. “I’ve seen firsthand Sue’s ability to develop and accomplish ambitious cleanup strategies and foster results-driven relationships with a variety of stakeholders on complex issues.”
The Oak Ridge Office of EM is responsible for environmental cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and across the 33,500-acre Oak Ridge Reservation. Specifically, Cange will oversee environmental cleanup and stewardship, decontamination and decommissioning activities, waste processing and management, surveillance and maintenance programs, historic preservation efforts, and procurement and contract functions.
Cange brings more than 30 years of experience to the position. She has served in leadership positions within DOE’s EM, Asset Utilization, and Nuclear Energy programs. In her time with EM, she was instrumental in developing a comprehensive strategic approach to cleaning up the Oak Ridge Reservation, as well as meeting other important milestones, such as helping forge a consensus historic preservation agreement that commemorates the history of the former K-25 site. Prior to arriving in Oak Ridge, Sue worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. In this capacity, she helped develop much of the policy and guidance used to govern today’s environmental cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected to serve as manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. Our program has a long history of success, and I look forward to working with our talented workforce as we safely execute our cleanup mission on the Oak Ridge Reservation,” Cange said. “We have important and challenging work ahead of us. We must complete cleanup of ETTP, and seamlessly transition to address cleanup challenges at Y-12 and ORNL. I look forward to strengthening our important relationships with our stakeholders, environmental regulators, and the greater Oak Ridge community as we progress towards our ultimate goal of a remediated and reindustrialized site.”
Sue holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University.