The Commission (SECC) selected Frank Hahne to receive the 2021 Richard S. Hodes Award (Award) for the significant role he played in successfully designing, implementing and leading the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) successful uranium bartering program during the deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) clean-up work at the former enrichment site in Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Frank Hahne is a national and international expert on uranium supply. For the past 50 years, with NAC International, Nuclear Fuel Services and most recently BWX Technologies (BWXT), he has focused his work on bringing uranium to market and recycling and preserving potential uranium waste streams back into the commercial nuclear fuel cycle. He retired from BWXT in 2020 after designing, implementing and leading his most recent project, the Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) Uranium Bartering Program.

The Barter Program was an innovative partnership between the U.S. DOE and FBP, the prime contractor, to leverage excess inventories of uranium in order to accelerate the D&D projects at the Portsmouth site.   Mr. Hahne was able to overcome market, processing and economic challenges and he negotiated revenue sharing contracts to gain support of the Program from industry companies.  The program provided over $1.25 billion dollars of additional funding to DOE and the Portsmouth site for cleanup and risk reduction efforts, while serving as a model to other projects for the reuse and repurposing of surplus materials.