BRUCE W. CHURCH
Mr. Bruce W. Church is presently President of BWC Enterprises, Inc.; former President of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation (a non-profit corporation); a part time employee of the Desert Research Institute of the University of Nevada as a consulting Health Physicist, and is a former Adjunct Research Professor of Health Physics, at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Church retired from the USDOE in Feb. 1995 as Assistant Manager for Environment, Safety, Security and Health at the Nevada Operations Office (NV) of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. He has served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for remedial actions; Health Physics Advisor to the Government of Australia on remedial actions at the former United Kingdom nuclear weapons site at Maralinga 1986-2003, Mr. Church served (1995) as Co-Chairperson of the Risk Team, Office of Risk and Science Policy, Environmental Management, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Mr. Church has been involved with and managed many radiological remedial action projects over the last 30 years, most notably the Enewetak Atoll cleanup 1977-1980. DOE project sites in the states of Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado has been remediated under his supervision. He managed DOE/NV’s “Offsite Fallout Dose Reassessment Program” (1979-1989) and initiated and managed the Radioactive Low Level Waste Disposal Program at the Nevada Test Site (1975-1990).
Mr. Church is a Southern Utah Native, a graduate of Hurricane High School, holds a AS Degree from Dixie College, a BS degree in Molecular/Radiobiology from the University of Utah and an MS Degree in Radiological Health from Colorado State University.
He worked and resided in Southern Nevada for 36 years, moving back to Hurricane, Utah in December of 2002.
Major Career Awards and Honors:
- Public Health Service Fellowship (1965,1966).
- So. NV Fed Exec Association's "Presidents Outstanding Achievement Award, (1989)".
- United States Dept. of Energy-Presidential "Meritorious Rank" Award (1991).
- Selected as "Fellow of the Health Physics Society of America" (1991).
- United States Dept. Energy's "Distinguished Career Service Award" (1995).
Most Recent Publications:
- Historical Estimates of Exposure and Population Exposure from Testing at the Nevada Test Site: I. Test Series Through Hardtack II, 1958. Health Physics, Vol. 51, No. 1 (July), pp. 35-51, 1986.
- Overview of the Department of Energy's Off-Site Radiation Exposure Review Project. Health Physics, Vol. 59, No.5: 503-510, November 1990.
- Rehabilitation of Former Nuclear Test Sites in Australia, Vol’s I-IV. Report by the Technical Assessment Group to the Minister of the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, Australia 1990.
- Report on the Health Physics Regime, Maralinga Rehabilitation Project. Published by the Dept. of Primary Industries and Energy, Govt. of Australia, April, 1997.
- A Review of the Health Physics Program for the Maralinga Rehabilitation Project. Proceedings of “PERM-IT”, Physics, Engineering, Radiation, Medicine & Information Technology, 97, Adelaide, South Australia, 8-11 Sept., 1997.
- Dose Assessment Considerations for Remedial Action on Plutonium-Contaminated Soil. Journal of Soil Contamination, 6(3): 257-269 (1997).
- Status of the Maralinga Rehabilitation Project. Abstract in Health Physics, Supplement to Vol.72, (6), June 1997.
- History of Cleanup Standards/Criteria at Nuclear Test and Accident Sites, Proceedings “Waste Management 98,” Session 17, paper No. 1, March 1998.
- COMPARATIVE PLUTONIUM-239 DOSE ASSESSMENT FOR THREE DESERT SITES: Maralinga, Au; Palomares, Spain; & the Nevada Test Site, USA-- Before & After Remedial Action; B.W. Church, J.H. Shinn, G.A. Williams, L.J. Martin, R.S. O’Brien and S.R. Adams; Nuclear Physical Methods in Radioecological Investigation of Nuclear Test Sites, S. S. Hecker et al. (eds.), p 203-219, NATO Science Series, Disarmament Technologies- Vol. 31. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Printed in the Netherlands, 2000.
- THE UNACKNOWLEDGED TRANSFER OF RISK; B. W. Church, Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research (ESPR), Special Issue No. 2, November, 2000.
- ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIAL ACTION – Are We Doing More Harm than Good? Abstract No. 372, Session 37, Paper No. 1; Waste Management 2001 Symposium proceedings, Tucson, AZ. Bruce W. Church, Desert Research Institute.
- The Unacknowledged Transfer of Risk – Bruce W. Church, Desert Research Institute, “Risk Excellence Notes”, Volume 2, Number 2, January, 2000.
- ALARA – A Concept Stretched Too Far? – Bruce W. Church, Desert Research Institute, “Risk Excellence Notes,” Volume 3, Number 1, February, 2001.
- Environmental Remedial Action – Are We Doing More Harm than Good? Bruce W. Church, Desert Research Institute Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research (ESPR), Special Issue 1 (2001):9-24.
- Rehabilitation of Former Nuclear Test Sites at Emu and Maralinga (Australia), report by the Maralinga Rehabilitation Technical Advisory Committee; for the Department of Education Science and Training, Government of Australia, J.S. McMillan Printing Group, Canberra ACT, 2003.
- Assessing Potential Exposure from Truck Transport of Low-Level Radioactive Waste to the Nevada Test Site, Report to the Nevada Site Office, National Nuclear Security Administration, US DOE, Las Vegas NV, DOE/NV/13609-37 August 2005; prepared by Julianne J. Milller, David S. Shafer, Karen J. Gray, Bruce W. Church, Scott A. Campbell, and Barbara A. Holz, Desert Research Institute Publication No. 45208
- Member of the "Health Physics Society of America"-1968-Present.
- Member "Society for Risk Analysis" (1995-2002).