Since 3.11, nuclear energy in Japan has continued to face challenges. With ongoing difficulties in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, and reactor restarts delayed by public opposition and a newly conceived regulatory structure that has brought scrutiny to Japan’s nuclear industry as never before, the future of nuclear energy in Japan remains uncertain.
To address these issues and discuss the implications of the Fukushima disaster for the nuclear industry, this event will feature Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto, who led the integrated US Government and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) efforts in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. Working directly with U.S. Ambassador Roos, and coordinating with the NRC’s Emergency Operations Center in the U.S., he represented the United States Government to the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
In the aftermath of the Japan nuclear disaster, having participated in the scrutiny of his own government’s actions during the Japan crisis in “lessons-learned” reports and intra-agency initiatives to incorporate these lessons into the NRC’s procedures and industry protocols, Dr. Casto has considerable experience in dealing with the complexities of nuclear energy policy.
In this lecture, Dr. Casto will discuss his experiences working crisis management in coordination with the Japanese government and Daiichi staff during the dramatic early days of the Fukushima disaster, and offer his insight into how a culture of safety may be developed in Japan that incorporates community concerns, recognizes the contributions that nuclear power may provide to Japan’s energy needs and understands the necessity of a rigorous regulatory structure with proper governmental oversight.