DOE appoints new Idaho cleanup manager

A longtime U.S. Department of Energy program manager was named deputy manager of the Idaho Cleanup Project on Friday.

Jack Zimmerman has more than 25 years of experience in nuclear operations, project management and environmental management, including 18 years with Department of Energy. Most

recently, he served as program manager at the DOE’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office in Lexington, Ky.

In his new position, Zimmerman will oversee the environmental cleanup and waste management mission at DOE’s Idaho desert site.

“We are extremely pleased that Jack is joining the management team at the Idaho site,” DOE Environmental Management administrator Dave Huizenga said in a news release. “Jack is a proven professional who brings a wealth of knowledge from the Miamisburg Closure Project and most recently the DUF6 Conversion Project.”

Efforts to reach the Kentucky resident for comment Friday were unsuccessful.

Zimmerman, who will assume his new duties in July, succeeds Jim Cooper, who will retire at the end of July.

As deputy manager of the Idaho Operations office, Zimmerman will oversee 45 federal employees and nearly 3,000 contractor staff, who carry out environmental cleanup and waste management at the site.

He also is responsible for an annual federal and contractor budget of approximately $400 million, according to the news release.