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April 25, 2013
Developments On Moniz Nomination For DOE Secretary

While Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has placed a hold on the nomination of Ernest Moniz for the next Secretary of Energy, the full Senate could soon consider and approve the nomination. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination by a vote of 21-1, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) dissenting because Moniz would not commit to continuing the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to construct a facility to make mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel from surplus weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River site located near Aiken, South Carolina. It was reported that Senator Scott was considering placing a hold on Moniz's nomination to prevent the full Senate from considering it. On April 23, however, Senator Graham announced that he would place a hold on the nomination until Moniz could commit to supporting the project. Senator Graham was scheduled to meet with Moniz on Wednesday, April 24.

In his written answers to questions from Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Moniz stated his intent to implement a Quadrennial Energy Review to monitor and carry out DOE's work, including encouraging renewable energy research. To that end, Moniz expressed his intent to support renewable energy projects with the most potential for wide deployment.

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