Environmental Protection

New Environmental Head at Los Alamos National Lab

Jeffrey Mousseau, currently a senior project manager for the lab's transuranic waste disposal program, is the new associate director for Environmental Programs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that Jeffrey Mousseau, a senior project manager for the lab's transuranic waste disposal program, has been hired as the new associate director for Environmental Programs and will oversee that program and other environmental cleanup and monitoring activities.

Transuranic waste is clothing, tools, rags, debris, and other items contaminated with radioactive material, mostly plutonium.

"Jeff shares my personal commitment to sustaining the current momentum of waste removal and cleanup that the lab has steadily built over the past five years," said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. "His expertise in this area is outstanding and will be highly valuable as we continue removing waste and cleaning up contamination left over from past activities in Los Alamos."

Mousseau succeeds Michael Graham, who left in August to oversee commercial and government environmental management work for Bechtel National, Inc. According to NANL's news release, Mousseau has more than 30 years' experience in nuclear waste management, including 20 years at U.S. Department of Energy sites in Idaho and New Mexico. He previously was president of Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC, the management and operations contractor for DOE’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho National Laboratory. It is the largest transuranic waste project in the DOE complex and shipped more than 40,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste for permanent disposal during Mousseau's tenure.

The Sept. 18 release said while he was at AMWTP, the project had a record of more than 12 million safe work hours and more than six years without a lost-time accident.

"As the lab gets ready to set yet another record for transuranic waste shipments in a single fiscal year, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the state, the community, and the federal government to keep up the steady progress on environmental cleanup," he said. Mousseau is a licensed mechanical engineer and certified project management professional.

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