Secretary Chu honors America's Nuclear Security Workers

Press Release
Oct 30, 2009

Remarks highlight past service, current accomplishments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today addressed America's nuclear security workers and thanked them for their service to the nation.

Secretary Chu's remarks, delivered by video to workers at National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Energy sites across the country, highlight the talented experts who work not just on nuclear security issues but also in critical areas such as climate change, disease modeling, homeland security and cyber security.

"Because of our exceptional workforce and our strong national investment, the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration have the best science, technology and engineering enterprise in the world," Secretary Chu said.

View Secretary Chu's remarks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muPkyOhSzXM

Secretary Chu's remarks were part of a "National Day of Remembrance" for nuclear weapons program workers, the result of a Senate resolution passed in May.

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