James Clifford is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has 39 years of nuclear safety experience, including senior executive positions at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to joining Talisman, Mr. Clifford was the Director, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, in King of Prussia, PA. In that position, he directed the licensing reviews and inspections of NRC medical, industrial, commercial, and decommissioning licensees, as well as oversight of Agreement State programs in NRC’s Regions I and II. Mr. Clifford was previously the Deputy Director, Division of Reactor Systems, where he directed technical specialist inspections and enforcement at reactor licensees; and Deputy Director, Division of Reactor Projects, where he directed the resident, Program Identification and Resolution, and Supplemental 95001 and 95002 inspections at reactor licensees.
Mr. Clifford joined the NRC in 1980 as a Senior Operational Safety Engineer, conducting reviews of symptom-based Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) while leading the development of technical and human factors bases for enhanced EOPs across the nuclear power industry following the accident at Three Mile Island. He later served as a senior project manager for multiple operating reactor licensees, technical assistant at the Office, Division, and Executive Director for Operations levels, and leadership roles in operating reactor, fuel cycle, materials, and international program licensing. Mr. Clifford provided expert advice on backfits, quality assurance and operational readiness for restart of Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plants, and development of an international agreement for the exchange of regulatory programs with the former Soviet Union. Mr. Clifford has either led or participated in program improvement efforts and major investigations of nuclear safety issues during his NRC career, including the Salem anticipated transient without scram event, the Station Blackout Rule, and the Pressurized Thermal Shock Rule. He provided multiple briefings to the Commission and the Advisory Committee for Reactor Safety on these issues, as well as providing expert testimony related to operating procedures and operator performance at licensing hearings. Mr. Clifford led the Inspection and Enforcement portion of the Integrated Regulatory Review Service assessment for the International Atomic Energy Agency mission to Bulgaria. He earned the NRC’s Meritorious Service Award for his leadership and management while serving as a Branch Chief in the Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR).
Mr. Clifford holds a Masters of Engineering Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. in Control Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.