Dave Huizenga will continue to lead Department of Energy efforts to clean up Hanford and other contaminated sites, but with a new title, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Huizenga has been acting assistant secretary for the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management for the past seven months. But Tuesday, the time line set by the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to serve as acting assistant secretary expired with no move by the White House to nominate him for the position permanently.
"In order to keep the focus on advancing our mission-critical work, I have asked Dave to take a position as the senior adviser for environmental management, where he will continue to manage the EM program," said Chu in a message to Richland Operations Office employees.
Chu praised Huizenga for bringing clarity and focus to the complex management and technical challenges of environmental cleanup.