Source: Weapons Complex Monitor | Release| November 11, 2016

Nuclear cleanup veteran John Eschenberg will take charge of salt waste disposition at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site for liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation, parent company AECOM announced Thursday.

In his new position, Eschenberg will “focus on Salt Waste Processing Facility integration and new technology demonstration for tank cesium removal,” AECOM spokesman Keith Wood wrote in a Thursday email. The Salt Waste Processing Facility, expected to come online in 2018, was built by Parsons Government Services to separate highly radioactive cesium and actinide waste from the salt solution piped in from the site’s tank farms.

Eschenberg was most recently director of capital projects and infrastructure for business services company PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Washington. Prior to that, he spent 25 years with the Energy Department, including as: federal project director for the Uranium Processing Facility at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 site in Tennessee; DOE deputy manager and acting manager for the agency’s Oak Ridge Field Office; DOE project manager for the Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Site in Washington state, and facility and field representative for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Savannah River Site.

Savannah River Remediation is led by AECOM, with junior partners Bechtel, BWX Technologies, and CH2M. The partnership’s roughly $4-billion contract for Savannah River liquid waste management expires June 30, 2017.