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Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Mr. Johnson is the Director of the Earth Systems Science Division within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate, overseeing five technical groups and approximately 250 staff. ESSD conducts a wide range of environment-related research in support of nuclear waste cleanup, natural resource management and sustainable clean energy production. Mr. Johnson possesses more than 30 years of experience in the fields of nuclear engineering and radiological science; environment and earth sciences; and energy systems. Specific areas of expertise include complex project planning and strategic analysis, systems engineering, radiological controls, environmental remediation and waste management. This includes serving as an Officer in the U.S. Navy at Naval Reactors, management responsibilities for environmental restoration and technology deployment projects at the Hanford Site, and project management and consulting support to multiple radiological facilities at various DOE and International sites, including the development and implementation of reactor accident cleanup and stabilization plans at the Chernobyl Site in the Ukraine. He also served as PNNL’s lead in providing support to Japan in response to the Fukushima disaster. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Nuclear in the State of Washington.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Remediation
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning
  • Reactor Accident Recovery and Cleanup
  • Sustainable Hydropower

Education and Credentials

  • 1995 — M.S. Engineering Management, Washington State University
  • 1985 — Post-Graduate Certificate (Master’s Equivalent), Reactor Engineering, U.S. Navy, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
  • 1983 — B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • 1999 — Professional Engineer, Nuclear, Cert/License No. 35739, Washington State
  • 1981 — Member, American Nuclear Society

PNNL Publications


  • Harvey GL, GL Koller, and WL Johnson. 2013. "Fukushima Media Involvement: Lessons Learned and Challenges ." In Proceedings of the Annual Waste Management Symposium (WM2013): International Collaboration and Continuous Improvement, February 24-28, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona, vol. 2, pp. 1275- 1282; Paper No. 13261.  WM Symposia, Inc., Tucson, AZ. 


  • Walton TL, WL Johnson, M Connolly, PC Mcginnis, and KL Manke. 2008. "National Laboratories Role in Nuclear Cleanup." Nuclear Future 4(1):44-50. 


  • Johnson WL, and BM Parker. 2004. Establishment of a Cost-Effective and Robust Planning Basis for the Processing of M-91 Waste at the Hanford Site PNNL-14778, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Reichmuth BA, TW Wood, and WL Johnson. 2004. Long-Term Nuclear Industry Outlook - 2004PNNL-16331, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Shay MR, WL Johnson, and JA Frey. 2004. "Development and Use of Life-Cycle Analysis Capabilites To Evaluate, Select, and Implement Plans to Accelerate Hanford Site Cleanup." In Waste Management 2004 Symposium. WM'04 Conference, February 29 - March 4, 2004, Tucson AZ, p. 10 pp..  Waste Management Conference, Tucson, AZ. 
  • Gajewski SW, WL Johnson, DR Payson, K Rhoads, and GH Sanders. 2004. "Development, Review, and Publication of the Hanford Site Solid Waste Program Environmental Impact Statement." In WM'04 Conference: HLW, LLW, Mixed, Hazardous Wastes and Environmental Restoration - Working Towards a Cleaner Environment, pp. Paper No. WM-4055.  WM Symposia, Tucson, AZ. 
  • Johnson WL, IC Nelson, DR Payson, and K Rhoads. 2004. "ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH STORAGE, TREATMENT, AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID RADIOACTIVE AND CHEMICALLY HAZARDOUS WASTE AT THE HANFORD SITE, RICHLAND, WASHINGTON." In Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, ed. I Zandi, RL Mersky and WK Shieh.  Widener University School of Engineering, Chester, PA. 
  • Weimar MR, TW Wood, BA Reichmuth, and WL Johnson. 2004. "Using A High-Temperature Hydrogen Co-Generation Reactor To Optimize Both Economic and Environmental Performance." In Proceedings of 15th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Conference and Hydrogen Expo USA, pp. 123-139.  National Hydrogen Association, Washington, DC. 


  • Weimar MR, TW Wood, BA Reichmuth, and WL Johnson. 2003. "Optimizing a High-Temperature Hydrogen Co-generation Reactor for Both Economic and Environmental Performance." In Global 2003: Atoms for Prosperity: Updating Eisenhowers Global Vision for Nuclear Energy, November 16-20, 2003, New Orleans, LA, United States, pp. 1499-1508.  American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL. 


  • Ballard WW, RA Holten, WL Johnson, BA Reichmuth, MK White, and TW Wood. 2002. "Outcome-Based Planning--Hanford's Shift Towards Closure and Shrinking the Hanford Site." In Waste Management: Proceedings of the Symposium on Waste Management, (WM '02).  Arizona Board of Regents, Tucson, AZ. 
  • Johnson WL, BA Reichmuth, TW Wood, M Glasper, and JP Hanson. 2002. "Hanford Site Cleanup Challenges and Opportunities for Science and Technology--A Strategic Assessment." In Waste Management 2002 (WM '02), pp. 1-18.  Arizona Board of Regents, Tuscon, AZ. 


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