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EPA Headquarters Press Release
Washington, DC
. 
 Date Published:
                  04/20/99
 Title: 
        
FRANCIS X. LYONS NAMED AS EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR IN
MIDWEST


FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1999


FRANCIS X. LYONS NAMED AS EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR IN MIDWEST


EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner today announced the appointment of
Francis X. Lyons as the
Agency's Administrator for Region 5, headquartered in Chicago. Lyons is an
attorney with over 10 years
experience in federal and state government, principally on environmental
matters. 
"Frank Lyons' experience in environmental enforcement matters at the
national and state level makes him
exceptionally qualified to be a regional administrator for the Agency," said
Browner. "He will do an
excellent job of helping to protect the public health and environment of the
citizens of the midwest."

The Region 5 Administrator manages EPA regional programs in Illinois,
Indiana, Ohio, Michigan,
Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Great Lakes National Program and
cooperative efforts with state,
city and county governments, industry, and public and private organizations. 

Lyons has been an attorney in the Department of Justice Environmental
Enforcement Section since
October 1994. He served as lead counsel on numerous complex air and
Superfund cases and as a member
of litigation teams dealing with other environmental disputes. He received
an EPA award as a member of a
Superfund Enforcement Team of the Year and Department of Justice awards for
sustained superior
performance of duty and outstanding service.

>From October 1988 to September 1994, Lyons served as an Illinois Assistant
Attorney General. For four
years, he represented various state agencies in state and federal district
court litigation, and for two years
he handled environmental enforcement cases in state courts and before the
state Pollution Control Board.

"Frank Lyons is an excellent choice to become the Regional Administrator for
the EPA. Frank's
experience at the Department of Justice in environmental law gives him the
background necessary to
succeed in this position," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill). "I look forward to
working with him."

"Francis Lyons has a demonstrated record of commitment to public health and
the environment. He is a
consensus builder, who will work together with diverse interest groups and
government agencies," said
Rep. William Lipinski (D-Ill).

In 1996, Lyons was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve with the
rank of Captain. During
his 13 years as an officer and in different leadership positions, he
received many honors, including twice
having been awarded both the Army's Commendation Medal and Achievement Medal.

Lyons, 37, is a native of Chicago. He received a bachelor's degree from the
University of Minnesota in
1984 and a law degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 1988. 

David Ullrich, acting Regional Administrator since June 1997, reverts to his
previous position as Deputy
Regional Administrator. These appointments are effective on May 3, 1999.


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