New Energy Secretary: Nuclear Waste Cleanup Among Top Priorities

May 21, 2013
Originally published on May 21, 2013 3:51 pm

The Obama administration’s new secretary of energy says his top priorities are responding to climate change, safely managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and fostering scientific research. Ernest Moniz made the comments at his swearing-in ceremony Tuesday.

He also mentioned the need to clean up the nation’s Cold War legacy waste. That would include work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington, “Including attention to the communities and workforce as we go into a somewhat uncertain future again, especially in terms of the budget environment.”

Moniz is the 13th United States Secretary of Energy. He’s a scientist with high-level government experience. From 1997 until early in 2001, Moniz served as under secretary of the energy department.

On the Web:

Video: Secretary Moniz swearing in ceremony - Department of Energy

Secretary Ernest Moniz profile - Department of Energy

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