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Bruce Covert

President 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.

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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 Reynolds

Vice 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.

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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.

Mark Pearcy

Deputy Manager of Operations, Underground Operations

Mark Pearcy, Deputy Manage of Operations, Underground Operations, for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has 15 years of nuclear operations and project management leadership experience in the DOE complex.

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An established leader with 13 years of management experience, Pearcy has a demonstrated track record of managing WIPP Underground mine operations since July of 2014. Prior to his current position, he managed the program that certified transuranic waste at generator sites around the DOE complex.

He has experience in maintaining contract and project baseline alignment; and effectively working with State and Federal regulators and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to address WIPP Underground operating issues and requirements.

Pearcy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Old Dominion University.

Kevin Donovan

Business Manager

Kevin Donovan, Business Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in technical and business problem solving, customer service, strategic planning/analysis and implementation, business innovation, team building and leadership, employee and management development, multi-level and multi-discipline internal and external communications, and marketing.

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Prior to joining WIPP, he was program manager for AECOM’s support contracts at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he led an organization of more than 400 employees and subcontractors providing services to R&D, site operations and program management. He had previously served as Director of Marketing and Planning for the Energy and Construction Division.

Additionally, he served in a variety of capacities at WIPP (1988-2003), including manager of Environment, Safety and Health; Permitting; and Program Integration. He also had leadership roles in organizations supporting waste generator site readiness, which evolved into the National TRU Program. Donovan holds a master of science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.