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.

Reinhard Knerr

DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager

Reinhard Knerr is the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management’s manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.

Knerr comes to Carlsbad from the Portsmouth Paducah Project Office in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was DUF6 Federal Project Director, overseeing the DUF6 conversion facilities at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites as well as a Record of Decision for disposition of depleted uranium oxide from the two sites.

Knerr has previous project experience with the WIPP site as transuranic waste certification team leader. He also has more than nine years of experience as a nuclear criticality safety engineer supporting contractor operations at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

Knerr has held leadership and strategic planning roles at the Paducah site since 2004, including managing environmental remediation work, transitioning the Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the United States Enrichment Corporation back to the Department of Energy and initiating utility and infrastructure optimization projects, among others.

Knerr, who assumed his CBFO role in July 2020, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State University.

Mark Bollinger

DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field OfficeMark Bollinger comes to CBFO from DOE Office of Science’s Fermi Site Office, where he served as deputy manager since 2007.

He is no stranger to the Office of Environmental Management, though, having worked in EM from 1992 to 2001, during which time he helped found and lead the DOE Center for Risk Excellence. Mark’s previous positions in DOE have also included leading a critical effort to bring nuclear compliance to the DOE New Brunswick Laboratory as Acting Laboratory Director from 2015 to 2016, as well as working with the Office of Science’s Chicago Integrated Support Center and with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Plutonium Disposition Program.

Mark is a 2003 DOE Executive Potential Program graduate and has completed details with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, DOE Headquarters, the Brookhaven Site Office and the Princeton Site Office.

Prior to joining the Department, Mark conducted research on behalf of Proctor and Gamble and was an Environmental Scientist for the State of Indiana.

Mark holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from IU.

Myles Hall

DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Legal Counsel

Myles Hall has been the Carlsbad Field Office Acting Deputy Manager since July 2019. Mr. Hall has served as CBFO Legal Counsel since July 2016.

Prior to taking the position with CBFO, Mr. Hall served as Deputy Chief Counsel and Senior Civilian Attorney at White Sands Missile Range from 2009 to 2016, as an Airports & Environmental Law Attorney for Federal Aviation Administration, and as the Environmental Law Specialist at Fort Bliss, Texas & New Mexico.

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.