Ken Rueter, the president and project manager of the Savannah River Site's liquid waste contractor, will soon transition into a new role as president and project manager for UCOR – the URS-led consortium responsible for the cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

A recent press release confirmed that Rueter has accepted the position, and URS officials said the change is scheduled to take place on Aug. 1.

Rueter's current position with Savannah River Remediation, also known as SRR, will be filled by Stuart MacVean who previously filled in as the interim president before Rueter arrived back in September.

Randall Wotring, president of federal services for URS, wrote that Rueter's leadership will be invaluable as the company moves forward.

“I am confident he will build on the UCOR team's recent accomplishments, as well as his previous experiences at the East Tennessee Technology Park to ensure we continue to make safe progress for our DOE client,” Wotring wrote.

He added that MacVean is an excellent leader and was instrumental in SRR's recent success in closing high-level waste tanks.

“During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer for SRR, all three primary operating facilities have safely achieved performance improvements and work production records,” Wotring added. “I am confident SRR will continue to excel under his leadership.”

SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corp., with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.