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Roane County Executive Ron Woody was among officials from the Oak Ridge area who recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Intergovernmental conference in New Orleans.
Participants met with federal, state, and local leaders from DOE sites across the nation, including newly appointed leadership in DOE’s Environmental Management Program.
Travel expenses for local participants were paid through cooperative agreements among the DOE Environmental Management program, the National Conference of State Legislators and the Energy Communities Alliance.
David G. Huizenga, acting assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, was keynote speaker at the conference. The Environmental Management program within DOE is responsible for environmental restoration, waste management, technology development, and facility transition and management.
EM's goals include complying with all applicable laws and regulations, incorporating public input, protecting human health and safety, and emphasizing environmental responsibility within DOE.
The conference was sponsored by DOE’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Accountability, which supports DOE’s EM program through liaison, communications, coordination and interaction with state, tribal, city and county governments.