Nuclear Waste Partnership
The Carlsbad New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 2017 ~2018
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP) is a AECOM-led entity with partner BWXT and major subcontractor ORANO. We manage and operate the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southeast New Mexico.
Our heritage companies have set and performed to a standard recognized throughout the DOE Complex and the world as outstanding. NWP is committed not only to maintaining that standard, but improving on it wherever we can.
NWP and all of our team members' parent companies are committed to continued partnerships with DOE and all of our stakeholders.
Serving our nation, for future generations, providing permanent nuclear waste solutions
Safety, Ownership, Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, and Continuous Improvement
Our HistoryThe road to success
For more than 30 years, AECOM and its heritage companies have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to solve the nation's nuclear waste problem by helping to design, test and build a facility to dispose of transuranic, or TRU, waste. The waste began accumulating in the 1940's with the onset of the U.S. nuclear defense program. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant began disposal operations in March 1999 and has been achieving success in the nation's national cleanup program.
Carved into an ancient deposit of salt 2,150 feet beneath the soil, WIPP is the only underground repository for radioactive materials in the country.
New Contract Awarded
AECOM along with BXW Technologies Inc. and AREVA Federal Services awarded contract to manage the WIPP site.
To date, WIPP has emplaced 91,000 m3 of transuranic waste in 170,000+ containers (fifty-five gallon drums, standard waste boxes and 10-drum overpacks.)
Our Leadership Team
Expertise and Reliability
Bruce CovertPresident and Project Manager
Bruce Covert, President and Project Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in the management and operation of nuclear and other high-hazard facilities for the DOE and the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
His expertise envelops every aspect of the nuclear facility life-cycle, from design and construction to start-up, operations, decommissioning, deactivation, decontamination and demolition. Prior to joining WIPP in June 2017, he served as AECOM group vice president and project director for waste management projects for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited in the U.K. He was responsible for safe delivery of the Waste Project and the Shaft & Silo Project at Dounreay, including characterization, transportation, storage and disposal, along with treatment of low-level and intermediate-level waste from the site’s decommissioning program.
Prior to that, he served as Environmental, Safety, Health & Quality project director for Washington Closure Hanford (WCH), where he led development of a “best-in-class” contractor assurance system program that yielded outstanding safety, cost and schedule performance. He also managed the regulatory relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology to allow site closure of the 220-square-mile River Corridor. As the WCH project director for waste operations, he managed recovery of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from State University College at Buffalo. He is a Project Management Professional and a Certified Safety Professional.
Tammy ReynoldsVice President and Deputy Project Manager
Tammy Reynolds, Deputy Recovery Project Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has 25 years of nuclear operations and project management leadership experience in the DOE complex. She joined the WIPP workforce in October 2011, after directing large, complex high-level waste projects at the Hanford 200 Area, the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, and the Savannah River Site.
All have involved the analysis, characterization and certification of challenging waste forms and extensive interface with regulators. Reynolds brings in-depth institutional knowledge, best practices and lessons learned from these three large generator sites and understands the myriad technical and management challenges faced generally by all generator sites. She holds master and bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina.