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Assistant secretary nominated to oversee DOE cleanup

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The White House has nominated a new assistant secretary for environmental management to oversee cleanup at U.S. Energy Department sites, including Savannah River Site.

Monica Regalbuto was nominated to replace David Huizenga, who served in the position for the past 2½ years. Huizenga will return to the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he worked previously.

Regalbuto is currently the deputy assistant secretary for fuel cycle technologies in the office of nuclear energy for the DOE. She is a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill.

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SCEagle Eye 03/08/14 - 08:27 am
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good luck, but qualified?

Without a background in managing clean up of DOE sites and negotiating agreements with state regulators, Ms. Regalbuto will have some big challenges in front of her. Her confirmation hearing will likely get into those areas. Let's hope she's up to the task and that her friendship with Secretary Moniz pays off. At SRS, there needs to be a renewed focus on high-level waste management and, now that the MOX project has failed, on implementing methods to dispose of plutonium as waste. Ms. Regalbuto's background in "fuel cycle technologies" will be of little use related to the future of SRS as reprocessing of spent fuel is thankfully not going to be deployed (and, if the public has a say, SRS won't be a "temporary" spent fuel dump.)

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