Regalbuto plans Hanford visit as assistant secretary

The new Department of Energy head of environmental cleanup will visit Hanford on Tuesday through Thursday, a month after being confirmed as assistant secretary for environmental management.

Monica Regalbuto has spent time at the Hanford vitrification plant, including visiting three years ago as part of a panel picked by former Energy Secretary Steven Chu to spend several days at Hanford reviewing the plant’s technical issues.

Much of her first visit as assistant secretary will be spent learning about Hanford’s other projects, including groundwater treatment, clean up of the highly radioactive spill under the 324 Building and the high-hazard 618 Burial Ground.

She also will visit historic B Reactor and learn about plans for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. She is scheduled to meet with Hanford employees and to meet with community representatives.