WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Obama administration Thursday announced its intent to nominate former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Peter B. Lyons to serve as assistant secretary in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Dr. Lyons was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy last year. Following is a statement by NEI’s senior vice president for governmental affairs, Alex Flint:
“Dr. Lyons’ public service career spans more than 40 years, including his leadership as NRC commissioner from 2005 to 2009 and his current leadership position at the Department of Energy. His career at our National Laboratory at Los Alamos spanned nearly 30 years. As a science adviser to former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Dr. Lyons played a pivotal role during the crafting and passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
“At the NRC, Pete rightly earned a reputation for championing the highest possible standards for the safe operation of the nation’s commercial nuclear fleet. Additionally, cognizant of the need to reinvigorate the American nuclear work force, he advocated enthusiastically for a prominent role for science and technology education in American school curricula.
“The nuclear industry fully supports the nomination of Dr. Lyons as assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy and hopes for a swift confirmation process."