WASHINGTON—Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), a ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, was honored today with the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. Domenici was recognized for his longstanding contributions to many aspects of nuclear energy and technologies. The award was delivered in Washington at a joint American Nuclear Society/European Nuclear Society international meeting.
Domenici has been a leading proponent of providing adequate funding for new nuclear research and development (R&D) initiatives. Under his leadership, Congress has increased funding for advanced nuclear technology R&D by about $50 million during the past three years. Nuclear energy produces 20 percent of U.S. electricity, and nuclear technology benefits society in many other ways, including one of every three medical diagnostic and treatment procedures, food safety and space exploration.
"Senator Domenici has been a tireless advocate for all the many components that must come together for nuclear energy to succeed in this country," said Joe Colvin, Nuclear Energy Institute president and CEO, who presented the award.
"He has advocated the use of nuclear technologies as a major contributor to global peace and an improved quality of life by pointing out the clean air benefits of nuclear energy.
"Senator Domenici also has been persistent in his support of swords to ploughshares programs that aim to shift the use of uranium weapons stocks to civilian purposes. Domenici has championed the position that the U.S. must maintain its leadership in the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies. In the spirit of the Smyth Award, Senator Domenici believes that we have an obligation to contribute our personal resources to advance America's global role in the commercial use of nuclear energy."
The American Nuclear Society and the Atomic Industrial Forum, a predecessor organization to the Nuclear Energy Institute, established the Henry DeWolf Smyth Award in 1972. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The award commemorates the life's work of Dr. Henry DeWolf Smyth, a physicist who played an important role in the development of atomic energy prior to his death in 1986 at the age of 88. Dr. Smyth chaired Princeton University's physics department and authored the federal government's official report on the development of the atomic bomb, "Atomic Energy for Military Purposes," made public shortly after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
He served on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1949-54 and, in 1961, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency with the rank of ambassador, a post he held until 1970. Dr. Smyth advocated the establishment of an international partnership to develop peacetime uses of atomic energy.
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