Hanford lab director retires after 37 years, HLMI confirms replacement

RICHLAND, Wash. – After nearly four decades as a laboratory director for Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration (HLMI), Don Hardy has announced that he is stepping down from his role effective May 12, 2022.

In early 1985 Hardy began his journey at Hanford working in the 222-S laboratory. He ended his career at this facility, although Hardy also worked at the Plutonium and Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX), Plutonium Finishing Plant, Sampling and Characterization Facility waste and storage facilities.

“I will cherish the memories I shared with so many of my colleagues that I have been fortunate to work with for nearly four decades,” Hardy said. “HLMI is in good hands with Ray Geimer, who brings a wealth of nuclear operations experience to this role.”

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Geimer is expected to take on the role of lab manager once Hardy leaves in the middle of the month. Geimer himself has nearly 40 years of experience, including a recent position as Project Manager for 100K Closure Operations with Central Plateau Cleanup Company.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University before moving on to the University of Idaho, where he earned his Masters of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Hanford’s laboratory management and integration leaders reiterated the group’s commitment to the common goals of the 222-S laboratory, including the safe storage of tank wastes and appropriate process support measures.

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