Secretaries of Energy 1977 - present

The position entails guiding research and policy around energy production in the US, handling radioactive waste disposal, building nuclear reactors, and running the US system of national laboratories, as well as overseeing grants that fund a great deal of cutting-edge scientific research.

 

That's all in addition, of course, to maintaining the nation's nuclear arsenal.

 

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1977-1979: James Schlesinger

1979-1981: Charles Duncan Jr.

1981-1982: James Edwards

1982-1985: Donald Hodel

1985-1989: John Herrington

1989-1993: James Watkins

1993-1997: Hazel O'Leary

1998-1998: Federico Peña

1998-2001: Bill Richardson

2001-2005: Spencer Abraham

2005-2009: Samuel Bodman

2009-2013: Stephen Chu

2013-present: Ernest Moniz

letter from the Sustainable Fuel Cycle Task Force

January 23, 2017

Dear Governor Perry,

On behalf of the Sustainable Fuel Cycle Task Force (SFCTF) Science Panel, we congratulate you upon your nomination to become Secretary of Energy. While there are many challenges facing the Department of Energy (DOE), we request that you make one of your highest priorities the restarting of the Yucca Mountain Project and putting our Nation’s stalled nuclear waste management system back on track.

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Watch Now -  Former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on his nomination to be energy secretary in the Trump administration.

Waste of a Mountain

How Yucca Mountain Was Selected, Studied, and Dumped

 

Waste of a Mountain presents the story of the effort to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

 

The book also describes the history of the United States government’s actions that created the first-ever quantity of high-level radioactive waste and then managed it while the government developed the means, and completed the effort, to identify the approach and location to permanently dispose of that waste. It covers a time frame of more than seventy years and describes the nation’s journey through technically complicated, and societally and politically treacherous territories to unearth and implement the capability to dispose of high-level radioactive waste.

 

The book presents the extensive story of the Yucca Mountain siting effort in a manner that reflects a perspective from inside the project.All proceeds from the sale of the book have been donated to the Museum and will support the Yucca Mountain exhibits at the Museum.

 

$100 (shipping + $15)

Contact the Museum at:

pahrumpmuseum@att.net or 775-751-1970

US Department of Energy

Yucca Mountain: The Making of an Underground Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this 5 part video series describing how and why the nuclear waste

repository laboratory was built into Yucca Mountain

More from the DOE about the Yucca Mountain Project

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See If Your Next-Door Neighbor Is a Toxic Dump

An interactive map created by media artist Brooke Singer shows the 1,300-plus toxic sites scattered across the US.

Using data collected from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the map identifies where the agency has set up Superfund sites, where uncontrolled hazardous waste remains in the environment.

 

Dots in warm colors on the map represent the toxic sites scattered around the nation. The dots range in hue depending on the severity of a site’s hazardous ranking score, with red signaling a high score while dull yellow represents a low one.

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