New Acting Assistant Secretary for EM

David Huizenga, NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, has agreed to serve as the new Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.

DOE-SealI am pleased to announce that David Huizenga, NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, has agreed to serve as our new Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management. This appointment will become effective July 20, 2011.

Dave has over twenty-five years of leadership, management, and technical experience in a wide variety of programs across the Department. After starting his career as a research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the Hanford site in 1985, Dave spent a decade working at headquarters in the Office of Environmental Management, ultimately serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary. He was instrumental in establishing complex wide waste management and nuclear materials disposition strategies, which were used to accelerate closure of the Rocky Flats Plant and the removal of special nuclear materials from Hanford and other sites.

Since 2002, Dave has served in a variety of leadership roles in NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. He has detailed knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations and has had extensive interactions with States, Tribes and local governments. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in nonproliferation and waste management.

I am confident that Dave has the technical, management, and leadership skills required to build on the excellent work EM has done in recent years, and help continue to improve the way we do business. Please join me in congratulating Dave, and wishing him success in his new role.

Thank you for everything you do.

Steven Chu

Source: U.S. Department of Energy
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