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Tara O'Neil

Tara O'Neil

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ms. O’Neil joined Battelle in 1992 and is currently the Enterprise Wide Agreement manager at PNNL for the umbrella contract with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Ms. O’Neil is the Subsector Manager for PNNL’s Nuclear Regulatory Subsector Market where she is responsible for managing the relationship for PNNL with the NRC. She is the Environmental Assessment program manager and is responsible for staffing environmental assessment projects managed by PNNL.

Ms. O’Neil has 27 years of environmental compliance experience serving as a historic and cultural resources subject matter expert and a manager of projects driven by the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for a variety of federal clients including the NRC and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She has been responsible for gathering and assessing baseline information to determine environmental impacts on resources from a proposed action. She has prepared correspondence and compliance documents with State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribes, and interested parties.

Research Interests

  • Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Environmental Assessment (NEPA Analysis)

Education and Credentials

  • BA, Anthropology, emphasis on Archaeology, Oregon State University, 1992
  • MBA, Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2009

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017 – Outstanding Performance Award – BPA FCRPS Public Engagement
  • 2017 – Outstanding Performance Award – DOE-NE Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning – Consent Based Siting
  • 2015 – Outstanding Performance Award – NRC Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement
  • 2014 – Outstanding Performance Award – NRC License Renewal Environmental Review Program
  • 2003, Outstanding Performance Award, Outstanding Performance on the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Supplemental 11 Regarding St. Lucie Units 1 and 2
  • 2003, Outstanding Performance Award, Organization of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • 2002, Outstanding Performance Award, Recognition of Efforts in Working with Duxbury/Carlsbad Staff with the REM Marketing Website
  • 2002, Outstanding Team Performance Award, Endocrine Disruptor Research Team
  • 2001, Outstanding Performance Award, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Environmental Review Team
  • 2001, Outstanding Performance Award, Hanford Site NEPA Characterization Report
  • 1999, Outstanding Performance Award, Proyecto Ambiental del Region Sur Project
  • 1998, Outstanding Team Performance Award, Columbia River Comprehensive Impact Assessment Project

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