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Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes
an adjunct faculty member at the Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston. Dr. Ryan is editor-in-chief of Health Physics Journal. Recently he was appointed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to a four-year term (2002-2006) as a member of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste. In addition, he is currently serving on the Scientific Review Group appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Energy to review the ongoing research in health effects at the former Soviet weapons complex sites the Southern Urals and on two committees of the National Academies. In 1996-1997 Dr. Ryan was the vice president of Barnwell Operations for Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc., where he had overall responsibility for operation of the low-level radioactive waste disposal and service facilities in Barnwell, South Carolina. From 1984 to 1996 he served as the company’s director, and then vice president of regulatory affairs with the responsibility for developing and implementing regulatory compliance policies and programs to comply with state and federal regulations. Before that, Dr. Ryan spent seven years in environmental health physics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Ryan received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He earned his M.S. in radiological sciences and protection from the University of Lowell, Mass. in 1976 and his B.S. in radiological health physics from Lowell Technological Institute in 1974. He is a recipient of the University of Massachusetts—Lowell’s Francis Cabot Lowell Distinguished Alumni for Arts and Sciences Award.
Edward Albenesius retired in 1992 as manager of the advanced waste technology division and senior advisory scientist at the Savannah River Site, SC. His expertise includes treating and disposing of low-level and transuranic waste from nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear materials production for national defense, environmental monitoring, and health physics. He conceived and implemented the first integrated program for managing low-level wastes at a major Department of Energy (DOE) site, resulting in large reductions in waste volume and disposal in engineered facilities—departing from earlier practices of disposal in open trenches. Dr. Albenesius also held temporary assignments with the DOE where he coordinated the revision of DOE Order 5820.2A on radioactive waste management and with several task forces for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). As a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1995 he helped prepare management plans for low-activity waste and spent sealed sources for 20 developing countries. Dr. Albenesius received his Ph.D.