Laura

I am I New Jersey native (home of the most EPA Superfund sites in the nation), but mainly grew up in Boise, Idaho. I went to Southern Oregon University and got my B.S. in Biochemistry, and loved it so much I went on to get my Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Utah State University. After 5 years of studying the effects of asbestos on human lung cells, I was ready to get out of the lab and wanted to work in some sort of environmental type job. I found out about a job opening at the EPA Hanford Project Office, drove out to a job fair in Richland to apply for the job and here I am. I have been with EPA since 2007. I am currently a project manager for cleanup projects at both Hanford and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). At Hanford, my work focuses on the Columbia River, the Reactor Areas (100 Area) and the Outer Area of the Central Plateau. Hanford as a whole can be very overwhelming, but seeing specific cleanup projects from beginning to end is the most rewarding for me. I grew up driving by INL (INEL back then) on trips to Yellowstone and the Tetons and wondering what went on there, but I never expected to be overseeing work there or at Hanford!

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