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Thomas Pauling - Acting Director, Office of Business Operations

Thomas Pauling

Thomas Pauling is the Acting Director of the Office of Business Operations for the Office of Legacy Management (LM). Business Operations is responsible for records and information management of the legacy sites where the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission has been completed. In addition, responsibilities include overseeing the pension plans and post-retirement benefits of former contractor workers who were employed at those sites. Mr. Pauling is also responsible for strategic planning, program integration, finance and budget, acquisition, and administrative support for LM.

Mr. Pauling previously worked as an environmental engineer at the Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site. He managed projects and environmental compliance during the site’s cleanup phase, while coordinating with regulatory agencies and providing project information to the public. His earlier work experiences include serving with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VIII, developing and implementing regulations, writing permits, participating in national policy making groups, and conducting inspections. Mr. Pauling was the LM Environment Team Leader and an LM site manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Pauling’s permanent position is the Director of the Office of Site Operations. Mr. Russel Edge is serving as the Acting Director of the Office of Site Operations in Mr. Pauling’s absence. In this acting capacity, Mr. Edge oversees long-term surveillance and maintenance, as well as asset management activities for over 89 legacy sites located in 28 states. He is responsible for programmatic safety across the entire organization, as well as environmental monitoring and compliance, site maintenance, real and personal property, the 1992 Energy Policy Act Title X audits, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluations, grants and cooperative agreements, and contractor oversight.

Mr. Edge’s permanent position is Senior Advisor to the Site Operations Director, handling special projects such as the Uranium Leasing Program, NEPA litigation, Title X claims reviews, and the Defense Related Uranium Mine initiative. His experience dates back to the early days of the UMTRCA Program in Grand Junction and more recently he served in a lengthy assignment with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He has been back with DOE LM since November 2014.