The House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus will continue after Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., retires from Congress at the end of this term.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., announced that he will lead the caucus. His district includes the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Tenn., site.
The bipartisan caucus Hastings created in 2000 has grown increasingly important as work at some DOE sites around the country has been completed, leaving fewer states with a stake in supporting funding for DOE environmental cleanup.
The caucus educates and lobbies other congressional members on DOE environmental cleanup projects and needs, including at Hanford.
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Mark Whitney, acting assistant secretary of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, said Fleischmann’s deep understanding of cleanup needs and challenges will make him an effective advocate as he leads the caucus.