The House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., will participate in an event April 20 to look at the Department of Energy’s high-risk excess facilities — a topic that’s drawing concern and increasing attention within the federal agency. The Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association, the Energy Facility Contractors Group and the Nuclear Energy Institute are hosting the event in Washington, D.C.
Some of the worst facilities are in Oak Ridge, notably including the deteriorated Alpha-5 Building (pictured) at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.
DOE Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto is scheduled to be at the meeting to discuss DOE’s plans for addressing the problem. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Rayburn Office Building, Room B-369.
Sue Cange, DOE’s cleanup chief in Oak Ridge, is expected to attend the meeting.
In a statement, Fleischmann said, “The Nuclear Cleanup Caucus serves a very important purpose. The Manhattan Project site, located in my District, is a prime example of how 50 years of government nuclear weapons development can affect communities throughout our nation. We must not neglect these sites, but instead restore them so they can be productive once again.”
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