The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is committed to the protection of the workers, the public and the environment. The DOE owns and oversees the operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation’s only deep geologic repository for defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste and the National TRU Program (NTP).

The mission of the CBFO is to provide safe, compliant and efficient characterization, transportation and disposal of defense-related TRU waste. This includes planning and coordinating TRU waste activities under the NTP related to the characterization, treatment, packaging and transportation of TRU waste at waste generator sites. Only TRU waste that meets the requirements of the Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) can be permanently emplaced in WIPP.

CBFO also manages the TRU waste transportation program and TRU waste disposal operations at WIPP.

Todd Shrader

DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager

Todd Shrader became the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager in October of 2015. The CBFO provides federal oversight of the National Transuranic Program (NTP) and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation’s only geological repository for defense related nuclear materials. The NTP manages waste acceptance and transportation of transuranic (TRU) waste to WIPP.

Under Mr. Shrader’s leadership, WIPP successfully restarted waste emplacement operations in early January 2017. This followed a nearly three-year recovery effort that addressed several improvements to NTP and WIPP Operations including: Emergency Preparedness; Waste Acceptance; Fire Protection; Maintenance; Radiological Controls; and enhanced federal oversight of the contractor. Mr. Shrader was recognized for his leadership in October 2017 when he was awarded the Meritorious Service Presidential Rank Award, a service award that is annually bestowed upon a select group of career members of the Senior Executive Service. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Serve in November 2012.

He previously served as the Director of the DOE headquarters office responsible for supporting Hanford’s Office of River Protection. Earlier, Mr. Shrader was a project manager for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, leading key components of the NRC licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Project. He also was the federal lead for the development of the portions of the license application describing the sub-surface repository engineering and design.

He has held various positions at the Hanford Site including serving as the Hanford Site TRU Program manager. He also was a conduct of operations subject matter expert with oversight responsibilities for the waste management operations including the TRU waste retrieval, packaging, storage, and disposal. Finally, he served as a Facility Area Engineer for the Waste Treatment Plant, overseeing the construction of this large radiological/chemical processing facility.

Mr. Shrader earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Kenneth Princen

CBFO Assistant Manager National TRU Program

Kenneth Princen is the Assistant Manager for the National Transuranic Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). The CBFO provides federal oversight of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation's only geological repository for defense related nuclear materials. The National Transuranic (TRU) Program is responsible for the acceptance of transuranic waste and safe shipment to WIPP from DOE laboratories and former nuclear weapons production cleanup sites. He was selected as the Assistant Manager in February 2018.

Kenneth arrived at CBFO in 2015 as a facility representative providing oversight of contractor activities related to operations, environmental, nuclear safety, industrial safety and health, and contract compliance at WIPP. He also served as the Readiness Review Program Coordinator and Contractor Assurance Oversight Program Lead during the WIPP recovery effort, where he also supervised a team of federal facility representatives. He later assumed the role of Acting Facility Oversight Division Director, supervising oversight of contractor performance in the operation of WIPP waste handling and emplacement, maintenance, and mining operations at the WIPP facility.

Prior to his arrival in Carlsbad, he was Principal Nuclear Facility Operations Specialist at the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) in Las Vegas for National Security Technologies, LLC. He also worked as a Protective Force Lieutenant for Wackenhut Services Inc. at NNSS. Kenneth previously served as a Patrol Officer in Montrose, Colorado.

From 1999 to 2004, he was a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy where he served in various engineering, electrical, fire control and Anti-terrorism/Force protection positions. He began his military service in the U.S. Marine Corps where he attained the rank of staff sergeant and served as the non-commissioned officer in an infantry surveillance, and target acquisition platoon, performing reconnaissance for a deployed battalion landing team. He was selected for officer training based on his superior performance and leadership potential.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and Master's degrees in Management from American Military University and Public Administration from Walden University.

Ed Garza

CBFO Assistant Manager of the Office of WIPP

James Garza is the Assistant Manager for the Office of WIPP at the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

The CBFO provides federal oversight operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the nation’s only geological repository for defense related nuclear materials. He has 30 years of nuclear industry experience within the DOE complex. Selected as the Assistant Manager for the Office of WIPP in February 2018, he is responsible for all operations associated with WIPP that included: conduct of operations, industrial hygiene, radiological controls, fire protection, nuclear safety, technical safety requirements, configuration management, ISMS, industrial safety, OSHA, quality assurance, environmental compliance, criticality safety, contractor assurance, training and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. He arrived at CBFO as the Facility Oversight Division Director, in 2015.

Previously, Mr. Garza worked at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Operations and Training from 1988 till 2006. Mr. Garza was a Shift Supervisor (SS) of one of the ATR operating crews and also held the positions of Outage Coordinator, Emergency Action Manager, Lead Nuclear Simulator Instructor and Nuclear Training Supervisor for Operations and Technical staff.

Mr. Garza joined the Department of Energy in November of 2006 as a Facility Representative (FR) and FR Work Lead and performed oversight at all EM facilities at the INL. In 2012 and 2013, he was selected as the Idaho DOE-EM Facility Representative of the Year. In 2014 Mr. Garza was hired as the Senior Facility Representative at the Advanced Test Reactor.

Mr. Garza goes by Ed to all who know him. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas Tech University. He is a rabid Texas Tech football fan, a former trainer of Arabian show horses, a single digit handicap golfer and an expert skier.

Jeff Carswell

Deputy Manager

Jeffrey Carswell became the Deputy Manager, of the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and was appointed as a Senior Executive in December 2016. CBFO provides federal oversight of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National TRU Program. WIPP is the nation’s only geological repository for defense related nuclear materials.

Jeff arrived at CBFO in February 2015 as the Nuclear Safety Senior Technical Advisor where he provided oversight of nuclear safety and developed the Documented Safety Analysis/Technical Safety Requirements (DSA/TSR) for WIPP in April 2016, the first safety basis in the complex meeting the new DOE 3009-2014 standard. Following implementation of the new DSA/TSR, he was assigned as the National TRU Program Acting Assistant Manager for CBFO, working across the complex to apply improvements in the program.

Jeff began his career as a Navy submarine officer, qualifying in nuclear power and nuclear weapons and completing patrols onboard two ballistic missile submarines in Kings Bay, Georgia. Upon leaving active duty, he continued his military career as a Navy Reservist. As a civilian, he initially worked in the semiconductor industry before relocating to Savannah River Site (SRS) in a variety of Nuclear Safety and Engineering oversight positions that included, Shift Technical Engineer and Lead Engineer of the H-Canyon chemical separations facility. He was responsible for retooling the H-Canyon facility to reduce liquid waste and the application of new dissolving missions for the DOE complex.

In 2009, Jeff joined the federal workforce as a Facility Representative responsible for oversight of the HB- Line facility at SRS. He then accepted a position as a Program Manager at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) overseeing all homeland defense, national security, and non-proliferation related programs. He returned to the SRS contractor in 2012 to serve as the Safety Basis Regulating Authority for the H-Canyon facility before, once again, returning to federal service at WIPP. In 2017, he retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Captain.

A Michigan native, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry on a full-ride scholarship from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. While stationed in Kings Bay, he completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Brenau University.