“This is a major accomplishment,” says William Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. First, he says, it’s bipartisan, which is no small achievement in today’s political climate.
The Obama memorandum authorized the Department of Energy to move forward on planning a defense-only repository. Moniz outlined the new strategy in a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank.
Moniz, who was scheduled to announce the administration's plan during an address at the Bipartisan Policy Center later in the day, said that the department would not need new legislative authority for either action.