The Senate has approved the nomination of Peter Lyons, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member, to be the Dept. of Energy's assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Lyons, who was confirmed on April 14, has been acting assistant secretary in DOE's nuclear office since November 2010. The Nuclear Energy Institute supports Lyons' confirmation, saying he always has advocated high standards for nuclear plant safety.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.