William Ruland is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has 36 years of nuclear safety experience, including senior executive positions at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to joining Talisman, Mr. Ruland was the Director, Division of Safety Systems, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), at NRC’s headquarters, in Rockville, MD. In that position, he directed the licensing reviews of nuclear systems, including the resolution of key generic safety issues. Mr. Ruland previously was the Deputy Director, Licensing and Inspection Directorate, Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation Division (SFST), Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), where he directed the project management of the nationwide storage and transportation cask reviews.
Mr. Ruland joined the NRC in 1982 as a Resident Inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant, Dothan, Alabama, in Region II. He was later a Senior Resident Inspector at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Southport, NC, and held leadership roles in the management of the NRC’s inspection and oversight programs in Region I and the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation in Rockville, MD. This included work as the Vice-Chairman of the Davis-Besse Oversight Panel, charged with managing the inspection and review efforts during the restart of that plant. Mr. Ruland has either led or participated in several NRC oversight program improvement efforts and major investigations of nuclear facility performance or safety issues during his NRC career. He has also briefed the NRC Commission and led many briefings of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safety on issues such as Generic Safety Issue 191 (PWR sump blockage), power uprate reviews, crediting of containment accident pressure post-accident to supply net positive suction head for ECCS pumps, and fuel rulemaking improvements, among others. Mr. Ruland was the principal NRC senior management interface, through the American Institute in Taiwan, with that entity’s regulatory body. He received a Meritorious Senior Executive Award from the President of the United States in 2007 for his leadership and management accomplishments. Mr. Ruland holds a B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.