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Longtime New Mexico environmental advocate Pete Maggiore joined the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office this week as Deputy Assistant Manager for the Environmental Projects Office.
Maggiore, a Certified Professional Geologist with a masters degree in geology, brings more than 28 years of experience in environmental management, hydrogeology and geology.
From July 1998 through August 2002, he served as Secretary for the New Mexico Environment Department.
“Pete’s experience and insight into environmental management - from the field and as a regulator – adds a valuable element to our environmental program,” said LASO Manager Kevin Smith, “and we are very glad he is joining our team.”
His primary responsibilities are to function as the Chief Operating Officer in managing the legacy cleanup and RCRA permitting for Los Alamos National Laboratory. He reports to George Rael, Assistant Manager for LASO’s Environmental Projects Office.
“Pete’s familiarity with our cleanup efforts,” said Rael, “and the regulations that help steer our work make him a great fit. He has also developed positive relationships with many of our public stakeholders and that is important.”
Maggiore comes to LASO from Edgewater Technical Associates in Los Alamos, which provides consulting services for several clients including NNSA and commercial clients. Listed among past clients are Jesse Roberson, former Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Environmental Management Office, and Margaret Chu, former Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, which oversaw the Yucca Mountain Project in Las Vegas, Nev.
“I love my work,” Maggiore said. “This gives me the opportunity to approach environmental management from a different perspective. I look forward to making a positive impact.”
In the fall of 2008, Maggiore was awarded the Dixy Lee Ray award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for contributions made in the field of environmental remediation. The late Dixy Lee Ray served as governor of the state of Washington and chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission – predecessor of the U.S. Department of Energy.
A resident of White Rock, he serves on the Board of Directors for Regional Development Corporation and recently coached youth basketball teams through the YMCA in Los Alamos. He has three children, who all attend school in Los Alamos.