WASHINGTON—President Clinton today announced that Bill Richardson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been nominated to be Secretary of Energy. The following is the statement of Joe F. Colvin, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, in response to today's announcement.
"Nuclear power is our nation's largest source of emission-free electricity. We are hopeful that Ambassador Richardson, like his predecessor, will recognize nuclear power's vital role in meeting America's clean air and climate change goals, and that he will advance policies that will strengthen nuclear power as a key component of the U.S. energy portfolio.
"Ambassador Richardson assumes the nation's top energy position at a time when America is preparing to meet a new wave of regulations that will make our air cleaner. The industry looks forward to working with Ambassador Richardson to maximize nuclear energy's contributions to achieving the nation's clean-air goals and advancing its economic well-being and security interests.
To achieve the nation's long-term energy and environmental goals, Ambassador Richardson must meet the legal responsibility that comes with the office to begin moving used fuel immediately from nuclear power plants. The Energy Department must meet its legal obligation to begin managing nuclear waste from commercial and defense uses now stored in 41 states. The new Energy Secretary must make this issue a priority."
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.