Monica Regalbuto has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for environmental management, responsible for cleanup of Hanford and other contaminated DOE sites.
The position has been vacant since Ines Triay resigned four years ago. This is the second time Regalbuto has been nominated for the position after Congress adjourned without taking action last year.
“Having served in both the Office of Environmental Management and the Office of Nuclear Energy, Monica is more than ready for her new role at the department,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a statement Tuesday. “Her hands-on experience in all aspects of nuclear waste cleanup and her tenure as an Argonne National Lab scientist have prepared her for the position of assistant secretary for environmental management.”
Regalbuto has been serving as associate principal deputy assistant secretary for the DOE Office of Environmental Management, applying her technical expertise to reduce technical risk and uncertainty on cleanup projects.
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Regalbuto grew up in Mexico, later becoming a U.S. citizen and earning a doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.