Jackson County Times-Journal, OH


Carr says farewell, introduces Smith as replacement

By Jeremiah Shaver

A gentleman who has worked an eight-year tenure as site director for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the former gaseous diffusion plant at the U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Site, is handing over the reins.

On Tuesday, April 17, Jackson County Commissioners Paul Haller, Ed Armstrong and Jerry Hall were visited by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth Site Project Director Dennis Carr.

“I want to introduce Bob Smith, who will be my replacement,” explained Carr. “I will be moving back into a corporate role. I’ve appreciated all of the support you have given me over the last eight years. Bob will continue forward to get this job done.”

Carr added, “It has been a rocky road behind us on funding. As of today, we are not executing the barter, we are on full appropriations like every other federally funded project, which will provide better stability for funding then it has in the past.”

Smith of the Fluor Corporation assumed the role of site project director for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) on Friday, April 20.

Smith succeeds Carr to lead the company that serves as the primary contractor for the D&D of the former gaseous diffusion plant at the U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Site.

“I look forward to continuing the D&D mission to prepare the site for future development,” Smith said. “Almost immediately I noticed the respect our workforce has shown for this site and the project.”

Smith said, “More than 60 years of stewardship from the current and prior generations is evident and we will continue that safe performance.”

Carr will continue to work for the Fluor Corporation on various projects, including a part-time corporate sponsorship at Piketon providing support and oversight of the project’s On-site Waste Disposal Facility.

“I have enjoyed working over my eight-year tenure with the many competent and dedicated people here at PORTS,” Carr said. “This project and the team of great people at the site demonstrate the highest standards of competence and dedication.”

Carr added, “It will be a pleasure to watch from the sidelines as this team achieves the project objectives and returns the majority of the site back to Pike County for re-industrialization.”

Smith brings 33 years of nuclear facility leadership and management to this position, including D&D, project management, operations, startup, and maintenance. His notable accomplishments span a career beginning with the Nuclear Navy and reportedly include multiple D&D and site closure successes within the DOE Complex.

Smith served from 2016 to 2017 as the program manager for the Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project.

His other notable work has included being project manager for the Separations Project Research Unit (SPRU) involving D&D of facilities at DOE’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory; technical services and site projects manager for the K25 D&D Project at Oak Ridge, TN; deactivation, decommissioning, decontamination and demolition (D4) project Director, River Corridor Closure Project, Hanford Washington; and extensive management experience on several projects at the Savannah River Site.

The Jackson County Commissioners welcomed Smith and said farewell to Carr during the meeting.