Government names new director of National Energy Technology Lab

| Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday named a new director for its South Park-based National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Grace Bochenek, a longtime leader of several Army research and technology offices, will take over leadership of the lab in September. Department spokeswoman Jenny Hakun said Bochenek had not decided whether she would work from NETL's office in South Park or Morgantown, W.Va.

The lab has more than 1,000 employees and contractors at its five sites with an annual budget of $812 million. It manages more than $1 billion in energy research, including projects covering underground mine safety, fracking technology and air pollution controls.

Bochenek replaces an acting director who has served since former leader Anthony Cugini of Upper St. Clair left last fall and was indicted on a federal charge of obstruction of justice. Cugini committed suicide in January, about a month after pleading not guilty to the charge.

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