WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today voted in favor of the nomination of Warren F. “Pete” Miller to the dual positions of Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy and Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Following is a statement from Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president of governmental affairs.
“Pete Miller’s background, education and experience make him eminently qualified to direct the federal government’s nuclear energy programs. His extensive technical knowledge and his experience as a manager of complex programs position him well to tackle the energy and environmental challenges that face our nation. The nuclear industry welcomes the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s strong endorsement of Dr. Miller’s nomination and encourages the full Senate to follow suit expeditiously.
“Dr. Miller has a clear understanding of the important role the federal government must play in advancing the nuclear energy technology that must be an integral component of a successful national energy policy. He also is cognizant of the big picture in managing used nuclear fuel, namely the value of an integrated approach that includes interim storage, use of advanced reprocessing recycling technologies, and geologic disposal of radioactive materials that cannot be recycled.
“The Department of Energy’s Annual Energy Outlook 2009 forecasts a 21 percent increase in the demand for electricity by 2030. Dr. Miller well understands that to meet this need, as well as the ambitious emissions reduction goals in the energy and climate change bills moving through Congress, nuclear energy has to remain a key component of a low-carbon energy portfolio.”