Statement on the passing of Dr Peter Lyons

Dr Peter Lyons, NEA Steering Committee meeting, 15 April 2014

The NEA community is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Peter Lyons.

During his public service career of five decades, Dr Lyons made significant contributions to nuclear science and policy in the United States. He led the United States Office of Nuclear Energy as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy from 2011 to 2015 and previously served as a Commissioner of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from 2005 to 2009. Prior to his tenure at the NRC, Dr Lyons worked with the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1969 to 1996.

Dr Lyons also led the United States delegation to the NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy from April 2011 to March 2015.

“Pete was an outstanding public servant and an invaluable leader in nuclear energy policy for decades,” said NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV. “To me, he was a close partner and advisor over many years, a person of great character and substance, and a good friend. We will all miss him.”

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