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Cantwell is a New Leader on the Senate Energy Committee

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RICHLAND, Wash-- $2 billion dollars in federal money will be going to Hanford and could create 11,000 new jobs in the Tri-Cities.

Senator Cantwell spoke to union workers today about her new energy leadership role. She was named Chair of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, it's part of the energy and natural resources committee.

She will be in charge of many federal energy programs. Among those are global climate change, nuclear energy research, and national laboratories.
Thursday she talked to union workers at HAMTEC in Richland. She says the $2 billion in the stimulus package will not only create new jobs, but accelerate cleanup at Hanford.

Cantwell will work closely with the new Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu.

"The energy subcommittee is an important position because it has oversight over the federal cleanup responsibilities, but it also is a committee where we can talk about new clean energy sources. We think that both of those are important job issues for the Tri-Cities," said Cantwell.

In her new role Cantwell wants to make sure we transfer more focus into wind, solar, and biofuel technologies. She hopes the Tri-Cities can be a leader in the renewable green energy industry.