Located within the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is responsible for implementing programs designed to promote the development and expansion of nuclear power, both in the US and overseas. During the Bush administration, which has fervently supported a revival of nuclear power, NE’s budget has grown nearly 70 percent since 2003. Nuclear power currently provides more than 20 percent of the U.S. electricity generation, with plans to increase this number as federal officials promote the construction of new nuclear power plants based on cutting-edge technologies that will help address other pressing energy policy issues, including developing of hydrogen fuel for automobiles and lowering greenhouse gas emissions affecting climate change.
(by Matthew L. Wald, New York Times)
(Environment News Service)
Warren F. “Pete” Miller, Jr. was selected by President Barack Obama to fill two posts that oversee each end of nuclear energy—supplying it and storing its waste. First, Miller was nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy, and about a week later, he was also chosen to serve as director of Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Industry observers believe Miller’s latter role will involve carrying out Obama’s wishes to end the controversial project to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Miller was confirmed by the Senate for the first position on August 7, 2009, but his confirmation for the radioactive waste role was held up by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who opposes the closing of Yucca Mountain.