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Archimedes' Dialogue Project

What's Beyond the Barricades?

About this Dialogue

The radioactive liquid waste treatment and tank closure work at SRS is unique in the world -- and being performed right here in Aiken. In a 10-12 minute talk to a group of students (followed by Q&A), the speaker will cover, in layman's terms and with a few props, what this work entails, how difficult it is, and give some perspective on why our country is undertaking this mission.

About the Speaker

As the Project Integration Manager, Kim Hauer is primarily responsible for services and support in the areas of project management, contract management, and construction management to the SRR President and Project Manager and line management in the coordination and integration of project, construction, contract, and interface programs, policy, requirements, functions and resources.

Mr. Hauer has over 30 years of experience in the fields of nuclear engineering, operations and management with the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program and at government nuclear facilities. He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional. His past experience in the nuclear industry covers a wide range of areas from naval nuclear power plant operations and maintenance to nuclear waste storage, processing and closure activities, and also includes program and project development and implementation.  Mr. Hauer has been a leader in the development and implementation of Behavior Based Safety and Human Performance Improvement initiatives across the Savannah River Site (SRS).  He led the team that achieved operational closure of the first nuclear waste tanks in the world in 1997, and in 2012 he led the Tank Closure regulatory team in completing operational closure of High Level Waste tanks 18 and 19, the first SRS tanks to be closed under updated regulatory requirements. 

During his career, he has held positions of increasing management responsibility. Mr. Hauer served as the Liquid Waste Operations Manager, responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Liquid Waste program, including radioactive waste removal and tank closure, salt and sludge waste treatment and processing, and long-term nuclear waste disposition.  Several major production facilities were a part of his managerial responsibility, including the SRS tank farm system, Interim Salt Disposition Project facilities, the Saltstone Production and Disposal Facilities, and the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF).

Mr. Hauer served as Liquid Waste Facilities Projects Manager for the Liquid Waste Operations organization. In this position, his responsibilities involved the managerial oversight of all nuclear facilities within the Liquid Waste and Waste Solidification Programs.

Mr. Hauer served as Deputy Area Manager, responsible for business and operational management of the Liquid Waste organization, which encompasses two high-level, nuclear waste tank operations and associated projects.

Mr. Hauer served as the Facility Manager for DWPF, responsible for all aspects of operation for the nation's largest vitrification plant. Under his leadership, the facility earned several safety and production awards. He has also served as the F Tank Farm Facility Manager,  F Tank Farm Operations Manager, and High-Level Waste Maintenance and Outage Manager.

As the SRR Closure and Waste Disposal Authority Manager, Mr. Hauer was responsible for regulatory and stakeholder interactions as related to tank closure and decontaminated salt solution disposition.  He led a team that assessed the long-term risk associated with tank closure and salt disposition, prepared performance assessments and associated analyses, and interacted with stakeholders to understand and consider their views and input. 

Mr. Hauer began his career in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served in the shipyard and at sea onboard submarines, earning his Submarine Warfare and Nuclear Engineer qualifications. He retired from the Navy in 2003 with the rank of Commander.

While in the U.S. Navy Reserve, CDR Hauer served on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA; and the Commander, NATO Forces Eastern Atlantic in Northwood, UK, and Commanding Officer of a Naval Weapons Station unit in Charleston, SC.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Aiken, South Carolina, and have two children.

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