Valerie McCain Obituary, Death – Valerie McCain, who was a senior vice president at Bechtel and the project director of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, lost her fight with illness on Sunday evening and passed away as a result of the complications she endured. We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to her family and all of her close friends. This revelation has left everyone at Vit Plant feeling upset and miserable.
Val was a role model for a significant number of people working on the project at the Hanford Site and Bechtel, as well as in the community of the Tri-Cities. Since starting at WTP in October 2018, Val has led the team of 2,250 employees in completing all construction for Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste; transitioning to commissioning and ramping up the commissioning workforce; shifting to a 24/7 operational culture; and managing through the pandemic while continuing to advance the mission.
All of these accomplishments have been accomplished while Val has continued to push the organization forward with its mission. All of these milestones have been achieved while the mission itself has continued to make progress. Only one week ago, the customer from the Department of Energy granted the project the highest-ever grade for its performance because of her leadership, which resulted in the success.
Because Val, a remarkable person, was in charge of the Vit Plant team, they were able to achieve some of the most challenging and exciting milestones in the project’s history. This is largely due to the fact that Val is an exceptional leader. People who interacted with her instantly saw the genuine concern that she had for other people. She exhibited a high degree of honesty, compassion, and the will to bring about a change for the better in the world. The group counted themselves extremely lucky to have her not just as a friend but also as a member who could take on the role of leader for the group.