Thomas Foley is a Nuclear Safety Consultant with Talisman. Mr. Foley retired from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April 2005 after 31 years of federal service. His areas of expertise include developing inspection procedures, evaluating maintenance programs, and performing inspections. He established the early site permit inspection program requirements for meeting ITAAC under 10 CFR Part 52. He also authored the NRC regulatory guide for the Maintenance Rule, and an extensive and unprecedented change to the NRC Manual Chapter 0610 which NRC inspectors use as guidance for documenting inspection results. He was a team leader for the Operational Readiness Team Inspection at Watts Bar, Performance Assessment Teams Inspections, Maintenance Team Inspections, and Special Team Inspections. He also led the maintenance portion of a Diagnostic Team Inspection at Dresden. Mr. Foley prepared expert testimony for the IRS regarding tax treatment of maintenance expenses in the nuclear industry. Mr. Foley was the Senior Resident Inspector at four nuclear power plant sites for a total of eight years. He can provide expert support in safety of power plant operations, procedure development, maintenance, new reactor construction inspection, quality assurance, inspection program assessments, corrective action program effectiveness, reactor operations, security and health physics. His interpersonal skills earned him the opportunity to be the NRC’s liaison with several Russian delegations visiting several US nuclear facilities. Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Foley performed pre-operational testing of US Naval nuclear submarines.
Mr. Foley briefed the Commission on the operational readiness of Watts Bar. He received numerous awards during his federal service. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma City University and has studied reliability engineering at the University of Maryland. He also has been licensed to test both Westinghouse and General Electric Naval reactors.