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NNSA Announces Safety Professional of the Year Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the winners of the federal and contractor Safety Professional of the Year awards for 2009. These awards recognize distinguished service and outstanding safety related achievements and contributions that serve to accomplish the NNSA mission.

William A. Gentile from NNSA's Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) and Paul H. Jones from the Y-12 Site Office (YSO) were named co-winners of the 2009 NNSA Federal Safety Professional of the Year. Gentile is an emergency program manager at LASO.  Jones is a functional area representative for radiation protection and industrial hygiene at YSO.

NNSA also announced that Wayburn "Scott" Wilson, manager of radiation safety for B&W Pantex, was named as a recipient of the 2009 NNSA Management & Operating (M&O) Contractor Safety Professional of the Year.

"These public servants are among the best examples of the outstanding leadership, innovation and professional expertise that exists across the nuclear security enterprise," said NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D'Agostino. "At NNSA, we take the safety of our workers, our workplace, and our communities very seriously. That is why I am so proud to recognize the contributions these talented professionals have made to helping NNSA improve safety across the enterprise."

Bill GentileWilliam A. Gentile implemented significant improvements in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Emergency Management Program, as well as the laboratory's wild land fire activities. Gentile's integration of Laboratory and Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) efforts resulted in improved operations in LAFD response, improvements in training and planning, and the development and tracking of performance indicators to drive continuous improvementPaul H. Jones from the Y-12 Site Office

At Y-12, Paul H. Jones implemented significant improvements that will advance NNSA's governance reform initiatives. Jones was instrumental in the development of the Y-12 site contractor assurance programs. In addition to shadowing senior managers as they performed their contractor assessments, Jones partnered with facility representatives and used effective performance measures to drive improvements across the Y-12 complex. Jones is recognized for his superior expertise, technical ability and knowledge in various functional areas, and he is highly regarded as an important team member on the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF)and Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) projects.Scott Wilson of B&W Pantex

At Pantex, Scott Wilson developed an innovative plan for the recovery of scrap metal from the Pantex plant, allowing for the eventual release of the affected metal in accordance with the Secretarial Moratorium initiated in 2000. With strong support from the Pantex Site Office and B&W Pantex senior management, Wilson's leadership was instrumental in bringing Pantex into compliance with the Secretary's Waste Reduction Goals by promoting reuse and recycling rather than disposal of the scrap metal as a waste. A long-term benefit was that any new suspension-impacted scrap metals would be identified, controlled and ultimately reduced prior to becoming a part of a scrap metal pile.

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