Timothy Klares

Program Director
Office Location: 
Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory 10545 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685

Tim Klares

Morgan State University's Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL), recently initiated a new program called the Power Plant Environmental Training Center. The program provides prospective power plant employees (engineering and other STEM college students at Minority Serving Institutions) a unique learning experience on the interrelationship between the operations of a power plant and the body of water (e.g., river, bay, ocean, etc.) that it uses to cool its power generation equipment. This relationship includes both operational as well as compliance related problems.

The program consists of visiting guest lectures and optional intensive 3-day workshops (includes a visit to an operating nuclear power plant) at the PEARL that will be delivered by prior power plant employees and PEARL scientists. Funded by a grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the program's main objective is to provide valuable training to a more diverse prospective power plant work force.

Tim worked for over 30 years in the power generation industry dealing with multimedia environmental operations and compliance at large fossil power plants in the MD/VA/DC region. At these facilities, Tim also worked as a project manager on wetland construction and leaking underground petroleum storage tank remediation projects, developed environmental and safety compliance training programs, managed an ISO 14001 EMS program, operated a fish hatchery, and led process improvement and sustainability efforts.