The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Ernest Moniz as US Energy Secretary in a unanimous vote. He is currently a professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of its Energy Initiative and its Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.
Hot tests at Hongyanhe 2
Unit 2 of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province in northeast China - one of four CPR-1000 reactors being constructed there - moved a step closer to starting up with the commencement of hot tests on 10 May.
NEI officers re-elected
John F Young has been re-elected as chairman of the board of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Chris Crane has been re-elected as vice-chairman of the US nuclear industry policy organisation, while Marv Fertel is re-elected as CEO. NEI's board of directors gains two new members, joining three re-elected members, while five newly elected members join five re-elected members of the board's policy-setting executive committee.