DOE names acting field office manager at nuclear repository


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Energy has named one of its longtime employees as the acting director of the field office that oversees the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository.

Dana Bryson is replacing Joe Franco, who recently took another job with the agency at the Hanford site in Washington.

The department says Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and has served as the deputy manager of the Carlsbad Field Office since 2013.

Bryson previously worked at the DOE’s Richland Operations Office, where he was responsible for cleanup and restoration of 220 square miles of the Columbia River corridor.

DOE officials say they’re confident he’s up to the challenge at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which has been closed since a February 2014 radiation leak. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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