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Energy Department secretary Chu will leave post soon

NEW YORK — Energy Secretary Steven Chu will leave office soon, possibly by the end of this month, he told colleagues in an e-mail Friday morning, according to Energy Department employees.

His departure had been widely expected, although as late as Thursday afternoon he was refusing to answer questions on the subject. The open slot at the Energy Department adds to a constellation of vacancies at the top of related agencies: the Environmental Protection Agency, the Transportation Department, and the Interior Department.

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