WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann will lead the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, a group of lawmakers who have U.S. Department of Energy cleanup sites in their districts. Fleischmann’s district includes Oak Ridge.
The congressman made the announcement at a Tuesday morning press conference in Washington, D.C.
Fleischmann is a Tennessee Republican who is taking over caucus leadership from Representative Doc Hastings, a Washington Republican who is retiring at the end of this term.
“It is a great honor to serve as Chairman of this important caucus,” Fleischmann said after the press conference. “It is an absolute necessity that we ensure the success of our nuclear cleanup missions, not only in East Tennessee, but at all cleanup sites throughout our nation. I am excited to lead this bipartisan group of legislators from across the country and look forward to the work ahead.”
“From my time at Oak Ridge, I know firsthand how passionate and knowledgeable Congressman Fleischmann is about the nuclear cleanup mission,” said Mark Whitney, the acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. “His deep understanding of the Office of Environmental Management’s mission and challenges make him an effective advocate as he leads the Cleanup Caucus into the future.”