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Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2011
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Nuclear Energy Insdustry Applauds Senate Panels Ok of Lyons Nomination for DOE Slot

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved the nomination of Peter B. Lyons as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Following is a statement from Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president for governmental affairs.

“The nuclear energy industry supports the nomination of Dr. Lyons and encourages the full Senate to approve his nomination expeditiously. When looking at the breadth of his education, experience and dedication, Pete’s eminent qualifications for such an important position are self-evident.

“Pete Lyons is a man of science whose career has been marked by key leadership positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. They include his distinguished service as an NRC commissioner from 2005 to 2009, at the National Laboratory at Los Alamos and as a science advisor for former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“Throughout his career, Pete has always advocated the highest standards for safe operation of the nation’s commercial nuclear plants, which was especially evident during his NRC tenure. His technical knowledge is matched by his understanding of national energy policy and the key role nuclear energy plays as an important component of a diversified energy portfolio that strengthens national security.”