U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Bill Richardson named Brian Costner as senior policy advisor for environment, safety and health issues.
Costner has more than a decade of experience relating to the DOE and its facilities. He has was the director of the Energy Research Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization addressing site-specific and national DOE issues in Columbia, S.C.
Costner has also served on a number of advisory and working committees by the DOE, the National Research Council and the Medical University of South Carolina.
"Brian Costner is a strong addition to our team," said Richardson. "He knows the Energy Department well and his experience in educating the public will be a great asset as we continue to address concerns of workers and communities near our major sites."
Costner has a master's degree from Antioch University's Environment and Community Program in Seattle, Wash.