THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES IVAN ITKIN AS DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE CIVILIAN RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The President today announced the nomination of Ivan Itkin as Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Department of Energy.
Dr. Ivan Itkin, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1973-1998. He was Democratic Whip from 1995-1998 and Majority Leader from 1993-1994, and also previously served as Chairman of the House Mines and Energy Management Committee. He served as Chairman of the Science, Technology and Resource Planning Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Before entering public service, he worked as a nuclear scientist for Westinghouse Corporation's Bettis Atomic Laboratory, designing reactors for nuclear propulsion systems for Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. He served on the boards of Carriage House Children's Center, Preservation Pennsylvania, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and on the University of Pittsburgh Faculty of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.
Dr. Itkin received a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, a Master's degree in nuclear engineering from New York University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management is responsible for the planning, research, and management necessary to dispose of nuclear fuel produced by commercial nuclear power plants and government owned high-level radioactive waste, including the establishment of a permanent geologic repository, interim storage capability, and transportation.