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Nuclear Energy Industry Transitions

J. Patrick Looney became the assistant laboratory director for policy and strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Looney, a physicist who has served at the laboratory since February, assumed his new position July 1. He previously worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (part of the Executive Office of the President) as assistant director for physical sciences and engineering. Looney's new role was recently created to help increase funding for Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is funded mainly by DOE.

Update: James Mangeno joined Longenecker & Associates July 7 as a senior project manager. Mangeno came to Longenecker & Associates, an international management consulting firm that serves the U.S. Department of Energy and utility customers, after 42 years of government service. Most recently, Mr. Mangeno was the first-ever senior adviser for environment, safety and health to the administrator of DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Update: J.A. (Lon) Bouknight Jr. has been elected executive vice president and general counsel of Edison International, effective July 29. Bouknight will replace Bryant C. Danner, who recently retired. Bouknight, previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, represented Edison International as a client.

Update: Jim Lamon is the new president of the Energy and Chemicals division of Shaw's power group. Lamon comes to The Shaw Group Inc. from Aker Kvaerner, a global engineering and construction firm. He will oversee all aspects of Shaw's power group.

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