Well, thank you, Myron. It’s a great pleasure to be here at the press club. And to note also, I learned that this is President Belkind’s first lunch as president, so I feel honored doubly. Also (I) want to thank Rod and the Speakers Committee for pulling this event together. You’ve also been introduced to some of my DOE colleagues here who may pitch in on some of the questions.
Tomorrow, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will travel to Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, to dedicate the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant. Secretary Moniz will deliver the keynote address at the dedication event.
Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Murkowski, and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to discuss the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 and the activities this Administration has ongoing to meet the challenge of managing and disposing of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.