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Deputy Secretary Poneman: Recovery Act Putting Americans to Work and Accelerating Important Work at Savannah River Site

November 4, 2009 - 12:00am

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Aiken, South Carolina - At a community breakfast in Aiken, South Carolina today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman discussed how funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is accelerating environmental cleanup work at the Savannah River Site and creating or saving thousands of jobs in the area.  Additionally, he discussed how the Recovery Act is putting Americans to work helping weatherize homes and improve energy efficiency in communities throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

During the breakfast, Deputy Secretary Poneman launched a video about the workers who have been hired to help with cleanup at the Savannah River Site through Recovery Act funding.  The video can be seen below and on YouTube

 "The Recovery Act is helping to boost cleanup efforts at the Savannah River Site, while putting Americans to work," said Deputy Secretary Poneman.  "This is just the start of our work.  The Savannah River Site and its surrounding communities have an important role to play as we put our country on the path to a clean energy future."

During his remarks, Deputy Secretary Poneman also discussed the opportunities in the region to build a clean energy economy and promote economic growth.  He called for passage of comprehensive energy and climate legislation to help put America on the path to a low-carbon future.

Deputy Secretary Poneman is visiting the Savannah River Site as part of his tour of Department of Energy sites and national laboratories across the country.

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