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SRS employee John Barnes honored with national award

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 4:56 PM
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Savannah River Site federal employee John Barnes has been honored as the 2012 Department of Energy’s Facility Representative of the Year.

 John Barnes (right) the 2012 DOE Facility Representative of the Year, discusses a transuranic (TRU) waste container with Charles Fairburn of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.  The TRU waste container was repackaged in the Savannah River Site H-Canyon facility.  Barnes has more than 23-years of experience at the Savannah River Site as a Facility Representative.   Special
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John Barnes (right) the 2012 DOE Facility Representative of the Year, discusses a transuranic (TRU) waste container with Charles Fairburn of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The TRU waste container was repackaged in the Savannah River Site H-Canyon facility. Barnes has more than 23-years of experience at the Savannah River Site as a Facility Representative.

Facility representatives provide direction, oversight and evaluation of contractor technical activities that could affect the safe operation of defense nuclear facilities.“Your performance exemplifies the very best from among almost 200 DOE FRs, a highly regarded group of professionals who ensure safe and reliable operation at DOE nuclear facilities,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a letter recognizing Barnes.

In the nomination for the annual departmentwide award, Barnes is cited for his exceptional effectiveness in analyzing all aspects of several nuclear operations processes, posing safety-related questions and assisting the contractor in developing solutions. His nomination credited significant improvements to the safety of operations in facilities and overall contributions to the FR program.

“I’m humbled to have been selected, given there are so many equally deserving of this recognition. I’m blessed to have a strong group of peers and management team to work with,” John Barnes said.

A Walterboro, S.C. native, John Barnes is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He began his 29-year federal career in 1984, at the Charleston Naval Shipyard where he was part of an engineering team that oversaw design and start-up testing of the Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Ga.


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