DOE general counsel nomination approved

Tri-City HeraldDecember 17, 2013 

The nomination of Steven Croley as Department of Energy general counsel was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

Croley made a commitment in November to conduct an independent study of how DOE and its contractors handle whistleblower complaints and lawsuits, under questioning from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

He also has pledged to work with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to look at separating the disposal of defense nuclear waste, including that at Hanford, and commercial used nuclear fuel.

On another DOE issue, he told Cantwell that he would respect the regional control of the Bonneville Power Administration and not micromanage the general counsel at BPA.

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