Lyons Selected After Admiral Konetzni Withdraws His Name

January 19, 2005
12:00 AM
Washington, D.C. – President Bush today announced the recess appointment of Dr. Peter Lyons to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The President appointed Dr. Lyons and Dr. Gregory Jaczko to fill the two vacancies on the commission. Dr. Lyons is the nuclear policy advisor on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. He will serve as one of five commissioners. Chairman Pete V. Domenici’s statement: “I am delighted with Dr. Lyons’ appointment. He will do an outstanding job. His experience and expertise on nuclear matters is unsurpassed. My only regret is that I will have a very difficult time finding someone of Dr. Lyons’ caliber to fill his shoes on the Energy Committee staff.” Dr. Lyons has served for the past two years as a professional staff member on the committee. His portfolio includes nuclear energy, research and development, and hydrogen issues. He also assists the chairman on nonproliferation and other DOE issues. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Lyons served as Senator Domenici’s Science and Technology Advisor. In this advisory role, he assisted with issues involving the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as other Senate Committees. He focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technologies and national science policy in support of the Senator’s extensive involvement with these issues. Prior to assignment in Washington, Dr. Lyons worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 28 years. For the last three of those years he served as Director of the Lab’s Industrial Partnership Office. In this position, he was responsible for all industrial interactions and industrial partnership activities conducted by the laboratory. In previous laboratory assignments, he was Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Environment, Deputy Associate Director for Defense Research and Applications, and Program Director for Nuclear Defense Research. Dr. Lyons received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1969 and his B.S. in Physics/Math from the University of Arizona in 1964. ###