Ella Feist is the manager of the Mission Completion Project for Washington Closure Hanford. She has extensive experience in regulatory and closure documentation in the environmental reclamation and remediation fields.
Feist began her career in regulatory and environmental disciplines with the Carter Mining Company in Gillette, Wyoming, where she was responsible for regulatory compliance, reclamation, environmental monitoring programs, and reporting at two of the largest surface coalmines in the nation. During her service, she transitioned reclaimed mine land to the final land use of agricultural rangelands.
In the late 1980s, she became a regulator in the air quality division for the state of Montana, coordinating the special air program to correct a noncompliance situation affecting the city of Billings and surrounding area. Later, she moved to Hanford in the same specialty for Westinghouse Hanford Company, providing air quality guidance and obtaining air permits for various projects, such as the Hanford Waste Receiving and Processing Facility.
In 1994, she joined CH2M HILL Hanford as a regulatory specialist for the Hanford Environmental Restoration Project, which was responsible for cleanup activities along the Columbia River corridor. During the next eleven years, she was a project lead for the CERCLA Projects, managing technical direction, scheduling and staffing for development of regulatory decision documents for cleanup activities in the 100 and 300 areas. Included in her responsibilities was closure documentation for remediated waste sites.
Feist joined the Washington Closure Hanford leadership team when the company assumed operation of the River Corridor Closure Project in 2005. She is currently responsible for verifying that no further cleanup is necessary for waste sites in the River Corridor once Washington Closure has completed remediation work. The work will position DOE for eventual transition of the River Corridor to a long-term stewardship program.
Feist earned her BA in agriculture from North Dakota State University in 1976.
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