Congress members part of panel discussion on nuclear cleanup efforts

The House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) held a panel discussion last week to discuss previously laid plans to achieve the nation’s nuclear cleanup goals.

The panel consisted of several experts on nuclear energy and environmental issues, including Mark Whitney, acting assistant secretary for environmental management; Christine Gelles, acting manager for emergency management at the Los Alamos Field Office; and Ingrid Kolb, director for the Office of Management.

Members of Congress from districts that contain all of the major Department of Energy Environmental Management sites, as well as over 125 representatives from the environmental cleanup community, also attended the event.

“Today’s meeting was an excellent example of how we can continue to move the ball forward with nuclear cleanup through collaboration,” U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, said.

Fleischmann also said the discussion gave the panel a chance to offer ideas on how to best execute cleanup goals, as well as provide any updates.