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Head of EM to Kick Off Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

April 22, 2013 - 12:00pm

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WASHINGTON, D.C.EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga will provide an overview of EM’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget Thursday in the first of six briefings for the 19th annual U.S. House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.

Huizenga rolled out the $5.622 billion budget request earlier this month. The proposal, which requires approval by Congress, enables EM progress in all areas of the nuclear cleanup program while maintaining safety and compliance across the complex. 

The briefings are organized by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), who chairs the bipartisan caucus.

“These briefings provide valuable insight and help educate my colleagues in Congress and their staff about nuclear cleanup issues. The fact is, cleanup doesn't happen in Washington, D.C. — it’s accomplished at our sites in our communities,” Hastings said.

For nearly two decades, the briefings have offered members of Congress and their staff, stakeholders, news media and others insight into the progress of Cold War cleanup. EM site managers and their contractor counterparts provide updates on cleanup accomplishments, safety performance, budget scopes, cost savings and plans for accelerating cleanup. Members of the audience can ask questions following the presentations.

The caucuses are among the many opportunities EM uses to engage members of Congress — as well as stakeholders such as local governments, environmental groups, Tribal nations and the greater public — and communicate progress in the cleanup.

EM is committed to involving stakeholders early and often in decision-making regarding the EM program. For example, the Environmental Management Advisory Board and seven Site-Specific Advisory Boards engage stakeholders directly in EM cleanup decisions. EM provides grants to support the involvement of a range of intergovernmental groups. EM also issues public communications, such as EM Update, a monthly newsletter on cleanup news, timely EM News Flashes and press releases. More communications that highlight program accomplishments are available on EM’s public website.

Huizenga’s briefing is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25th in Room 122, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

The other briefings take place at 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C., and focus on the Office of River Protection at the Hanford site in Washington state (4 p.m. May 7), Oak Ridge in Tennessee (3 p.m. May 15), Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site (4 p.m. May 21), Idaho site (4 p.m. June 4) and Savannah River Site in South Carolina (4 p.m. June 12).

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