Today, Good Energy Collective released the following statement from Deputy Director Jackie Toth celebrating the swearing-in of Sam Brinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy:
"We are supremely confident that Sam Brinton can lead the federal government in breaking the nuclear waste stalemate—a critical step toward ensuring nuclear energy’s long-term domestic viability. They are exceptionally qualified for this position, having earned their dual master’s degree in nuclear engineering and technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Brinton has made regular and significant contributions to the policy discourse around nuclear waste siting and nuclear energy innovation. Their work from 2014 and 2015 in mapping the U.S. landscape of advanced reactor developers proved instrumental in raising awareness among policymakers and practitioners of the breadth of innovation occurring in nuclear, facilitating several policy actions in this space. Their passion for and ingenuity in identifying and actuating real solutions for nuclear waste storage that emphasize community consent is exactly what the nuclear ecosystem needs today. Brinton’s swearing-in imbues us with the hope that, despite the country’s deepening polarization, a bright future is still possible for the United States.”