The head of the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to reshuffle the management of the agency. Those changes at the top may shift how cleanup gets done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, has added another top manager position to his ranks. The new hire will watch over Energy’s environmental cleanup work.
This means that work at Hanford will be separated out from a much larger nuclear security program. That might give more attention to cleanup at Hanford.
The Obama Administration nominated Beth Robinson for the new undersecretary position. She’s a Ph.D. in geophysics and has been the Chief Financial Officer at NASA since 2009.
Washington State’s Senator Patty Murray and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden say they’re encouraged by Secretary Moniz’s decision.
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