A prominent and outspoken member of the Aiken and Savannah River Site communities, the formerly-retired Jack DeVine is taking a new position, in a new country but with a familiar company.


DeVine, working with URS, will be traveling Cumbria in northwestern England for a new role as Chief Decommissioning Officer at the Sellafield nuclear facility.


With more than 40 years in the nuclear sector, DeVine brings considerable experience to the British Isles, ranging from nuclear submarine construction and operation, commercial nuclear plant design and operation, and government sector nuclear facility management and decommissioning.


DeVine served as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer before moving into commercial nuclear construction and operations. He held engineering, management and executive positions at a major U.S. utility, he founded and directed a successful nuclear engineering consulting firm, and he served as chief closure officer at the SRS, with responsibility for all decommissioning work there.


Possibly his most testing career assignment was supporting the emergency response to the Three Mile Island accident and subsequent recovery. He directed technical planning and engineering for the Three Mile Island cleanup and worked closely with regulators, the public and the media, according to URS.


DeVine’s new focus, beginning in April, will be leading the next phase of the decommissioning programs in retrievals and acceleration of high hazard removal.


“I look forward to the wealth of experience Jack brings and the ability to help us further our journey to excellence,” said Todd Wright, managing director, himself a former SRS man.


DeVine is a frequent contributor to The Aiken Standard writing a column and frequently submitting letters to the editor for publication.