Title: Japan disaster haunts region’s new top nuclear cop
Source: Toledo Blade
Author: TOM HENRY, BLADE COLUMNIST
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new Midwest regional administrator is a former nuclear control-room operator who began working for the agency nearly 30 years ago. Until recently, he was the U.S. government’s point man in Japan for all post-Fukushima disaster activities undertaken by this nation.
Mr. Casto led the entire U.S. response team, not just the NRC contingent. At its peak, it consisted of about 150 government employees.
Mr. Casto’s recollection of Fukushima is horrifying.
He thought: We can never let this happen in the United States.
“It was almost Biblical, monumental,” Mr. Casto said. “It’s forever changed me, to be ever more dedicated to making sure a release like that never happens here.”
Published: July 19th, 2012 at 6:22 am ET