Douglas M. Collins

collins_dougDoug Collins, a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman, has over 40 years of nuclear safety experience in the public and private sectors. He provides consulting services and solutions to licensing, safety, and compliance issues for power reactors and fuel cycle facilities. Most recently he evaluated the remediation plans for a rare earth refiner that had uranium and other radioactive residues in soil and ponds.  He also was Interim Regulatory Affairs Manager at a nuclear power plant for nine months.  In this role he supported preparation for, and conduct of, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 95002 in depth root cause and corrective action supplemental inspection, an NRC 71152 inspection (Problem Identification and Resolution Program), and numerous other NRC inspections. He was also responsible for the development of enforcement positions and licensing actions and served as a key interface with the NRC.  Other recent consulting engagements include supporting power reactors in preparation for major inspections; conducting root cause analyses of design basis issues and engineering activities; assisting power reactors and fuel facilities in preparation for regulatory and enforcement conferences; supporting a power reactor security design basis reconstitution; and assisting in the development of power reactor applications for certification and license.

Before entering consulting, Mr. Collins was the Director of the Division of Fuel Facility Inspections and Deputy Director of Reactor Safety at the NRC. During his career with the NRC, he served in a series of increasingly responsible staff and leadership positions in the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and Regional Offices. He also served as the radiation safety officer for an NRC Regional Office.  Before working with the NRC, he was the radiation protection supervisor at a General Electric nuclear fuel cycle facility.

Mr. Collins has evaluated safety and regulatory issues in developing and developed countries for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He has testified before the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards and the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, and represented the NRC in press briefings and public meetings.  Additionally, he has served as a guest lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology, a lecturer at professional society courses, and as lecturer at NRC training courses.

Mr. Collins received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Spring Hill College and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively.