(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy.

“I’m very pleased that Dr. Moniz has been confirmed as Secretary of Energy to take on the difficult job of addressing our nation’s long-term energy needs and important priorities for Washington state like the Hanford site and the Bonneville Power Administration.

“I worked with Dr. Moniz when he served as undersecretary of energy during the Clinton Administration, and now that he has been confirmed, I look forward to working with him directly to ensure the federal government meets its legal obligations in the cleanup process at the Hanford site.”