Clients

Current and past clients of Cycla Corporation and its predecessor entities.

US Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Cycla is an integral part of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) program to promote risk management and improved safety and environmental protection programs in the petroleum and natural gas pipeline industries. Cycla is instrumental in the development and implementation of national policy regarding risk-informed pipeline safety and integrity management regulatory initiatives.

Common Ground Alliance

Cycla performed the lead role in organizing and managing a ground-breaking 1999 study of the excavation damage to underground utilities, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This Study was the collaborative work of 160 industry professionals who identified best practices relating to damage prevention. The upshot of this study was the formation of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices. Cycla was instrumental in developing systems and processes by which data is collected and used to systematically address root cause issues resulting in a trend of declining incidents. CGA is making significant, measurable progress in creating a damage prevention culture across North America among all stakeholders, through such innovations as the national 811 one-call system.

United States Enrichment Corporation

Cycla was consultant to the corporate manager of Regulatory Assurance and Policy for the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). Prior to 1994, uranium enrichment operations in the US were carried out by the US Department of Energy (DOE) at two gaseous diffusion plants in Ohio and Kentucky. Safety regulation of these facilities was also the responsibility of the DOE. In preparation for the privatization of the government’s uranium enrichment operations, USEC was required to obtain certification to operate from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The rigor of oversight and the standards for safe operation under the NRC were considerably more stringent than under the DOE. Cycla provided expert advice and solutions that involved complex technical and operational problems, which were further complicated by the complex regulatory environment. Cycla’s support was instrumental in the successful privatization of the U.S. Government's uranium enrichment and processing industry, and the subsequent successful IPO of USEC (NYSE:USU).

State of California, California Public Utilities Commission

Cycla provided expertis to CPUC to develop a first-of-kind risk-based approach to gas utility rate case applications. Cycla evaluated a PG&E rate case submittal for its soundness in using risk assessment as the basis for its recommended rate increases. This included providing expert witness testimony at the rate case hearings. CPUC also engaged Cycla to develop a process for use in future rate case evaluations that the CPUC can implement on an ongoing basis (including development of the necessary regulations), and to train CPUC personnel in its use.

US Department of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Cycla supported the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration initiatives to develop policy and apply risk-based approaches for regulating commercial motor vehicle safety. Projects included development of risk-based criteria for setting roadside safety inspection priorities, risk-based prioritization of state safety issues and initiatives, and development of proposals for safety grants to states to address specific risk issues.

State of Louisiana

Cycla supported risk-based oversight of hazardous liquid pipeline integrity management programs under the jurisdiction of the State of Louisiana.

US Department of Energy

Cycla personnel performed risk and safety analysis in support of safety upgrades at defense nuclear weapons facilities including the Y-12 National Security Complex, Savannah River Site, and Rocky Flats Plutonium Processing Plant. Cycla provided expert support for management oversight of operations including operational readiness assessments and audits.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Cycla provided strategic consulting and program development activities in support of implementation of the newly promulgated regulatory requirements (10 CFR 830) regarding safety analysis, establishment of safety bases, and compliance with technical safety requirements and quality assurance plan requirements. Following discovery of safety problems at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the reactor was shut down. Because the reactor was relied upon both for research and as the sole source of an isotope used in cancer treatment, an aggressive restart effort was undertaken. Cycla developed the HFIR restart program and consulted in its execution, including implementation of a risk‐based resource management system. Based on the strength of the management evaluation and restart program, restart of the reactor was allowed in an environment of great political uncertainty within the DOE.

Commercial Nuclear Power Industry

Many of Cycla’s employees were instrumental in the early development of risk assessment and risk management methods in the US commercial nuclear power industry, and have managed and performed many of the earliest probabilistic risk assessments of individual nuclear power facilities sponsored by nuclear utility licensees.