Lake Barrett is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has more than 40 years of experience in the management of nuclear energy and nuclear materials. Prior to retiring from Federal service in 2002, Mr. Barrett served as the head of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) which is responsible for implementing the United States’ programs for spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste, as mandated by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. In this position, he reported directly to five different Secretaries of Energy as he led the complex scientific Yucca Mountain Geologic Repository program through the statutory site selection process, culminating with the Presidential site designation and following successful confirmatory House and Senate votes. He also served in a variety of other senior management positions in DOE including Director of the Rocky Flats Program Office where he was responsible for bringing about improvements in the safety culture, safeguards and security and environmental protections of the Rocky Flats Plant. These improvements led to the resumption of plutonium operations and site cleanup and decommissioning.
Prior to his service at DOE, Mr. Barrett served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He was part of the early response to the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident in Headquarters, assisted in the early accident mitigation efforts at the site, and was a member of the early TMI regulatory Lessons Learned Task Force. In 1980, he became the NRC TMI Site Director, responsible for the regulatory oversight of the stabilization and cleanup.
Most recently, Mr. Barrett has provided presentations on the Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear reactor accidents, their consequences, and future options in testimony before the U.S. Congress and in briefings to the Japanese Government, universities, federal agencies, state and city agencies, professional associations, financial groups, industry groups, corporations, and news media outlets.
Mr. Barrett received an M.S. in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.