The NTD Consulting Group LLC has nationally recognized expertise in developing and implementing strategies for complex regulatory and/or politically sensitive issues. NTD provides comprehensive services in the fields of nuclear security; quality assurance; emergency planning; licensing support; regulatory assistance; training; nuclear safety culture; evaluation and program development; root cause analysis; quality programs procedure and process development; development of Fitness for Duty (Substance Abuse); and Access Authorization Programs (including USCG TWIC).
Our available staff includes former managers in these disciplines as well as topical experts with many years of relevant and in depth experience. The NTD Consulting Group assist their client’s compliance with existing regulations, and provide assistance in the development of plans, programs and processes designed to address new and changing regulatory requirements.
The NTD Consulting Group and/or the Principals at NTD have assisted such clients as
- Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI) & JANUS (quality assurance consulting, performance improvement consulting, human performance, nuclear safety oversight practices, industry management practices for quality assurance)
- South Carolina Electric & Gas (Independent Management QA Assessment of ISFSI)
- Omaha Public Power District (nuclear security consulting)
- Westinghouse Electric Company (Independent QA Management Audit / QA Services)
- Schneider Electric / Invensys (Independent QA Management Audit, Independent Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment)
- NuScale (security assistance)
- B&W Generation mPower (Independent QA Management Audit)
- CB&I (Independent Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment)
- Bechtel National Inc. (Independent Management Assessment Support at WTP)
- Pacific Gas & Electric (security, organizational study, quality assurance, Safety Oversight Committee assistance)
- Southern California Edison (security, quality assurance)
- Shaw Modular Solutions (quality assurance, performance-improvement assistance consulting)
- U.S. Department of Energy OCRWM (quality assurance, Quality Oversight Board, license application oversight assistance)
- U.S. Department of Energy Rocky Flats (Member of Senior Oversight Committee for Rocky Flats facility restart)
- U.S. Department of Justice (Nuclear Quality Assurance Expert Support)
- National Enrichment Facility (security assistance)
- Blue Castle Holdings, Inc. – Blue Castle Project – ESP/COLA quality assurance program development assistance)
- Fluor Nuclear (Independent Management Audit)
- Tennessee Valley Authority (security program assessment assistance)
- The California Seismic Safety Commission (oversaw and managed a multi-discipline Federal/State investigation of the Northridge Earthquake).
- UniStar (Independent Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment)
- Pentas Controls (independent quality assurance assistance)
Bruce Norton (Managing Partner & Principal)
Mr. Norton has forty year experience in developing and implementing management strategies for resolving complex and sensitive management and technical issues in the nuclear industry. His areas of expertise are in dealing with complex “political/technical” issues, NRC regulatory matters, nuclear safety culture, corrective action programs and processes, causal analysis, quality assurance and control, nuclear security, and project management strategies for complex technical nuclear regulatory issues. He has assisted several nuclear utilities in diverse areas including organizational reviews, design bases, quality assurance programs, causal analysis, maintenance and design change processes, corrective action programs and strategies for “get well” programs.
Most recently, Mr. Norton was the Project Manager for independent management assessments of the Nuclear Quality Assurance Program at Westinghouse (2014) and the Nuclear Safety Culture at V. C. Summer Units 2 & 3 (2013), and supported an Independent Management Quality Assessment of South Carolina Electric & Gas V. C. Summer Unit 1 ISFSI Project (2013). In 2011/2012 he consulted to Shaw Modular Solutions with respect to their Corrective Action Program including performance of root cause analysis, and training of individuals with the company to participate in causal analyses.
Prior to that he provided causal analysis services and project management for security projects at the National Enrichment Facility in New Mexico (2007-2011). He was the project manager for the Humboldt Bay Power Plant project to recover lost fuel rods (2004-2006). From 1998-2003 he managed the development of the process for procurement, evaluation, and selection of bids and services for construction of nuclear fuel dry-cask storage facilities at three different nuclear facilities. He also was involved in the quality evaluation of the design phase for one of those installations. In 1998-99 Mr. Norton was part of a three-member senior review panel retained by two west coast utilities to determine the feasibility of decommissioning a jointly owned nuclear facility. The recommendations of that senior review panel were accepted and followed by the utilities. From mid-1994 through 1995 Mr. Norton was retained by the California Seismic Safety Commission to oversee and manage a multi-discipline investigation of the Northridge Earthquake for the State of California to determine adequacy of current building codes, zoning laws, and related infrastructure.
From 1991 to 1994 Mr. Norton was President of ATI Consulting where his primary emphasis was in the area of consulting to utility management, organizational reviews, and streamlining of quality, engineering, and maintenance programs and work planning activities for nuclear utilities. From 1986 to 1991 he was the Senior Vice President of the TENERA, LP Senior Management Division. During 1990, he was a member of the Senior Resumption Team for EG&G, Rocky Flats. During 1989 he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to demonstrate to NRC regulators that an east-coast plant that had been ordered shutdown was ready for restart. During 1987 and 1988 he was the principal consultant responsible for a major organizational review of one the largest nuclear organizations in the United States.
From 1976 to 1986 Mr. Norton was the managing partner of the law firm of Norton, Burke, Berry and French in Phoenix, AZ. During this period he was the lead outside counsel for litigation and licensing of Diablo Canyon, Units 1 and 2 (1976-1984) and various other utility matters. He was a member of the senior management team during the Diablo Canyon Independent Design Verification Program (1981-1984). Lead counsel for the Diablo Canyon Prudency Case pending before the California Public Utilities Commission (1984-1986).
David Taggart (Senior Partner & Principal)
Mr. Taggart has over 40 years of experience in the nuclear industry with 39 years in the quality assurance, performance improvement and nuclear safety disciplines. His experience is associated with the commercial nuclear industry and Department of Energy nuclear programs.
Mr. Taggart is currently an industry executive consultant in the quality assurance and nuclear safety culture evaluation field. He assists companies in the area of quality management and nuclear safety culture including performing independent quality management and technical audits and performing nuclear safety culture assessments. Mr. Taggart is a certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor.
Mr. Taggart currently consults with the U.S. Department of Justice and supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General – Office of Investigations as a nuclear Quality Assurance / Quality Management and Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD) Expert (2012–Present). He also consults with Blue Castle Holdings, Inc. in the area of quality assurance / quality management (2012- 2013) and currently consults with the Japan NUS Co. in support of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI) with regard to efforts to improve Japanese commercial nuclear power plant quality assurance and performance improvement programs (2013 –present). JANSI in Japan is equivalent to INPO in the United States. In November 2014 he supported JANSI through a series of lectures in Japan regarding quality assurance, human performance, performance improvement and nuclear safety culture that was presented over 3 days to the Japanese nuclear utilities. Mr. Taggart also recently consulted and supported the U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel National Inc. as an expert member on a 5 member executive independent assessment review team (led by retired NRC Chairman Nils Diaz) evaluating the Managed Improvement Plan at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Treatment Project in Hanford WA (2014).
Recently he led independent nuclear safety culture assessments of UniStar Nuclear Energy (2012) and of Invensys/Schneider Electric (2014), led a comprehensive independent management audit of the Westinghouse Electric Company corporate quality organization (2014), led a comprehensive independent assessment of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company of their VC Summer Unit 1 ISFSI Project (2013); led independent quality assurance management audits of Generation mPower (2012, 2013 & 2014) and led a comprehensive independent management audit of Invensys/Schneider Electric (2014); participated in the independent management QA audit of Fluor Nuclear (2011); and participated as team member in an Mesa Associates Inc. independent management assessment of Bechtel National Inc. CGD activities (2013).
Mr. Taggart has also performed numerous industry quality management (Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Audits) and nuclear safety culture evaluations. He has participated on or led independent management nuclear audits of Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, DTE Energy, American Electric Power, Omaha Public Power District, Nebraska Public Power District, Wolf Creek Generating Company, Ameren, South Texas Nuclear Operating Company, and Luminant Generation Company. Mr. Taggart also served as a team member of an independent nuclear safety culture assessment of the Wolf Creek Generating Station that was performed by the Utility Service Alliance (USA).
Previous industry management leadership positions held include the Consortium Project Quality Director (The Shaw Group & Westinghouse Electric Company Consortium) in support of two new Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear units at the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s V. C. Summer site (2009 – 2011); Manager and Director of Nuclear Quality and the Nuclear Safety Engineering Director for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) (1984 – 2007); and as the Senior Quality Manager for U.S. Department of Energy’s management and operations contractor, Bechtel SAIC Company (BSC), – in support of the Nation’s High Level Radioactive Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain (2007 – 2009). Earlier in his career, he held the position of Section Head of Audits & Management Systems and General Supervisor of Nuclear Quality at the Consumers Power Company – now called Consumers Energy (1974 – 1984).
While with PG&E, he was the company’s senior nuclear quality assurance official and managed all quality assurance activities, quality control, supplier quality, nuclear safety culture programs and the nuclear safety employee concerns programs for the company’s nuclear programs. He also managed the material testing laboratory at Diablo Canyon. During his tenure with PG&E, he also managed the company’s human performance and performance improvement programs. He worked for PG&E 23 years until his retirement in 2007. In this capacity he reported directly to the PG&E Senior VP & Chief Nuclear Officer and the Nuclear Vice President & General Manager. For several years, he served as PG&E’s Administrative Point of Contact with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). During his tenure at Diablo Canyon, Diablo Canyon received 12 INPO top ratings (“1’s”) for excellence. While with PG&E, he also served on the Nuclear Safety Oversight Committees for both the Diablo Canyon and Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plants, served as a member on the President’s Nuclear Advisory Committee, served as the Nuclear Technical Liaison with the Company corporate officers in support of the company’s Emergency Preparedness Program, served as a member of the Diablo Canyon On-Site Safety Review Group (ISEG), served as the Chair of the Independent Technical Review Function, served as a member of the Diablo Canyon Independent Plant Staff Review Committee and served as the Company’s Chair of the Part 21 Review Group.
Mr. Taggart is the previous Industry Chair of the Nuclear Quality Management Leadership Forum (NQML), the previous Industry Chair of the Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program (NIEP), and the previous Chair of the Strategic Teaming & Resource Sharing alliance (STARS) Quality Team. The NQML consists of every nuclear utility senior quality official within the United States and Canada and provides senior industry leadership and guidance of NUPIC and NIEP. STARS is a multi-nuclear utility alliance. David has been an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Energy Division Regional Councilor and received recognition as the Regional Councilor of the Year for “Outstanding Service”. He has also served as Chair of the ASQ San Luis Obispo CA Section in 1989 and 2006.
He served as a member of the Nuclear Safety Culture Council with Bechtel SAIC Company at the U.S. Department of Energy’s High Level Repository Project at Yucca Mountain; the Quality Oversight Board (with the U.S. Department of Energy QA, Sandia National Laboratory QA & BSC QA) at Yucca Mountain; as a Steering Committee Member of the EPRI Operational Safety Engineering & Review Group; as a Management Steering Committee Member of the Integrated Data Exchange (INDEX); as the Chair of the ASQ Energy Division Training Programs Committee; as a Member of the ASQ Energy Division Assessment & Technical Evaluation Subcommittee; as the Consumers Power Company management representative on C.A.S.E. – Nuclear; and as an alternate member of the Safety Audit Review Board at Consumers Power Company in support of the Big Rock and Palisades nuclear plants.
Mr. Taggart authored the Chapter “Quality Assurance and Audits in the Nuclear Industry in the USA” in the international book Managing Nuclear Projects that was published on August 2013 by Woodhead Publishing Limited. He also co-authored the “Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Guidelines” (NQML 07-002; 1/2007) and the “Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Performance Objectives and Criteria” (NQML 07-001; 1/2007) that are used by the industry to assess the effectiveness of nuclear utility quality oversight organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
He has given numerous presentations on QA and performance-based audits, at venues including the American Nuclear Society (ANS), American Society for Quality (ASQ), the International Conference on Pressure Vessel Technology (ICPVT) held in Germany, the Nuclear Oversight Conference (NOC), and EPRI – Operational Reactor Safety Engineering and Review Group Conferences.
Mr. Taggart received his B.S. with Honors from Michigan State University in the field of Mechanical Engineering. He completed the Nuclear Technology for Utility Executives Program (1993) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a program co-sponsored by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).
Robert J. McWey (Senior Partner & Principal)
Mr. Robert McWey has over 38 years in the nuclear field including 30 years of commercial nuclear experience associated with Southern California Edison (SCE). Prior to working in the commercial nuclear industry, Mr. McWey served as an officer in the U.S. Navy submarine service. Mr. McWey is currently an industry executive consultant in the quality assurance and nuclear safety culture evaluation field. He is a Senior Partner and Principal with the NTD Consulting Group, LLC.
Mr. McWey has been a Quality Management Consultant performing audits, assessments and quality program consulting at nuclear plants/sites and supplier facilities. He has performed many audits and assessments including Westinghouse, General Electric Hitachi, Invensys (Schneider Electric), SONIC Systems International, Inc. and Power Analytics. He also participated as a Commercial Grade Dedication industry expert on an assessment of the Emergency Turbine Generator dedication program and process at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project (WTP). He was a key member of the NTD Assessment Team for the Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment at V. C. Summer Units 2 & 3 (2013) and an Independent Management Assessment Team member for the NTD SCE&G VC Summer Unit 1 ISFSI project (2013). He has consulted for the Westinghouse Quality Vice President on nuclear quality assurance programs including supplier oversight. Mr. McWey has also supported the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI) in the area of U.S. industry supplier quality oversight practices.
At SCE, Mr. McWey functioned as the Manager of Oversight and Projects Oversight. His responsibilities included site audits and inspections, nondestructive examinations (NDE), vendor oversight, commercial grade surveys, material test/receipt inspection, and the commercial grade dedication laboratory. The commercial grade dedication laboratory included chemical, mechanical, electrical, seismic, and civil laboratories. He was also responsible for oversight of the SONGS Unit 1 Decommissioning activities, as well as oversight of ASME spent fuel canister fabrication and management of the ASME Quality Assurance Program. He was responsible for assessing the effectiveness and compliance of the SCE Fitness for Duty/Substance Abuse Program (including HHS certified laboratories) and Access Authorization Programs to 10CFR26 and Regulatory Guide 5.66. Prior to joining the Quality organization he was the Chemistry Supervisor for San Onofre Units 2 &3, responsible for directing and supervising chemical and radiochemical sampling and analysis of reactor plant, steam plant and auxiliary systems.
Mr. McWey has also been very active in the nuclear industry where he has held the position of Chairman of the Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC), Chairman of the Private Fuel Storage LLC QA Committee, Regional Representative and Vice-Chairman on the NUPIC Steering Committee, and a Member of the Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Committee. He also served on the Integrated Nuclear Data Exchange (INDEX) QA Steering Committee. He participated in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s International Nuclear Safety Program workshop in the Ukraine as a presenter and Industry Expert on vendor quality and oversight.
Mr. McWey co-authored the “Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Guidelines” (NQML 07-002; 1/2007) and the “Nuclear Industry Evaluation Program Performance Objectives and Criteria” (NQML 07-001; 1/2007) that are used by the industry to assess the effectiveness of nuclear utility quality oversight organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. McWey has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from National University. Mr. McWey has completed ISO 9000 Lead Assessor Training and obtained ASQC Quality Engineer certification. He is currently certified as an NQA-1 / ANSI N45.2.23 Lead Auditor within the commercial nuclear industry.
G.L. Plumlee III (Senior Partner & Principal)
Mr. Plumlee has over 37 years of applicable nuclear experience. This experience began in the Westinghouse Bettis Laboratory program as a civilian instructor (nuclear plant engineer) for the Navy on nuclear submarine and surface vessel power plant operations and testing at the Naval Reactor Facility in Idaho and at the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.
Following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, the Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) employed Mr. Plumlee as a Reactor Inspector in Region IV at the Fort Saint Vrain Nuclear Generating Station. Mr. Plumlee soon advanced to the position of Senior Reactor Inspector at the then nation’s only operating high temperature gas reactor (HTGR). Later, he advanced to a senior reactor systems engineering position in both the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) and Office of Accident Evaluation and Operational Data (AEOD).
Using this experience, Mr. Plumlee returned to the private nuclear industry sector as a contract senior systems engineer followed by 21 years experience as a licensing engineer and security compliance manager at the Southern California Edison (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). As a contract engineer, Mr. Plumlee developed the equipment history program for the Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station in Texas. Then, while employed at SONGS, Mr. Plumlee was initially the site’s Licensing Compliance Manager responsible for all regulatory inspection coordination. Later, Mr. Plumlee as the SONGS Manager, Security Compliance, was responsible for ensuring that SONGS properly implemented the security compensatory measures and new security rules that follow the September 11th attacks.
Following his retirement from SCE in March 2011, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) contracted Mr. Plumlee at their Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station to develop new security procedures associated with their extensive security system upgrades.
Mr. Plumlee later took on a new challenge in the manufacturing industry. Shaw Modular Solutions (SMS) contracted him as a Quality Assurance (QA) specialist in their Lake Charles manufacturing facility where SMS fabricates modular walls for the new Westinghouse AP 1000-advanced pressurized water reactor.
He has also provided nuclear security consulting services to the Omaha Public Power District.
Currently, Mr. Plumlee is serving as project manager responsible for the NuScale Power new small modular reactor (SMR) security program development. The challenge is to ensure safety/security is integrated into the new SMR design and to develop a security program that relies on today’s technology to support staffing levels are far below the average experienced at today’s large light water reactors.