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Ash spill oversight change made

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By The Staff

TVA's Anda Ray is moving deeper into the background, and Steve McCracken, who has managed three extensive environmental recovery and remediation projects for the Department of Energy, will join TVA as general manager of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

Effective immediately, according to a news release Monday, McCracken will be responsible for all aspects of TVA’s role in the ash recovery project at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

He will lead the integration of all TVA activities on the site, which includes working with the plant manager on plant operations and the scrubber project and being closely involved in the conversion to dry ash storage and closing of existing ash impoundments.

Ray, TVA's senior vice president of the Office of Environment and Research, had been involved with the recovery effort since the day of the ash spill Dec. 22.

As TVA’s environmental executive, Ray will remain involved in the Kingston project’s environmental regulatory and remediation activities and will continue as the agency’s executive spokesperson for the recovery efforts.

She will also continue to serve on the Board of the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

While Ray was serving in the day-to-day management role, the project was transitioned from emergency response to a long-term recovery operation.

McCracken most recently served as the DOE assistant manager for environmental management in Oak Ridge. In that position, he managed a multi-billion-dollar program that included decontamination and demolition of large industrial facilities, soil and sludge excavation, groundwater and surface water monitoring and treatment, waste treatment and disposal operations and land restoration.

Previously, he was director of DOE’s site at Fernald Environmental Management Project in Ohio. Prior to that, he was the project manager at one of DOE’s most successful remediation sites — Weldon Spring Conservation area in St. Charles, Mo., which is now the site of a museum, bike trail and public access area.

“TVA is continuing its commitment to restoring the Kingston site and the community by bringing Steve McCracken on board,” said Ray in the news release. “He is a nationally recognized leader on clean-up and remediation projects. With his experience, he will be a valuable asset to the activities on site and will direct the day-to-day interaction with community groups, public officials and local residents, quickly addressing concerns and providing relevant and timely information.”

McCracken is a native of Oak Ridge. He received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1972. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children and reside in Oak Ridge.