Fukushima “was almost Biblical” says top US nuclear official — Horrifying… “It’s forever changed me”

Published: July 19th, 2012 at 6:22 am ET
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Title: Japan disaster haunts region’s new top nuclear cop
Source: Toledo Blade
Author: TOM HENRY, BLADE COLUMNIST
Date: 7/19/2012

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. 

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Mr. Casto led the entire U.S. response team, not just the NRC contingent. At its peak, it consisted of about 150 government employees.

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Mr. Casto’s recollection of Fukushima is horrifying.

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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.”

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Published: July 19th, 2012 at 6:22 am ET
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76 comments to Fukushima “was almost Biblical” says top US nuclear official — Horrifying… “It’s forever changed me”

  • Then why isn't he shutting them all down?
    Money, greed, ego!


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    • gotnuttin2lose

      Progress is being made Mr/s stock, thanks to you and this website. We cannot put all the uglies back into pandora's box all at once. But, thanks to your ranting and raving, people have more vacuum cleaners to suck up the evil ever faster.


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Casto cannot unilaterally issue an "executive order" to shut them all down. But this is the start. I remember his comments from the documents of the NRC meetings in the early days.

    GO CASTO!


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    • As well that are sensitive to the substantive arguments and yet people who know what is the sense of safety


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi Dharma and others,

      Agreed, Mr. Casto's "coming clean" and showing some honesty is a good start. Had read two or three NRC reports wherein he had made comments. It might have been the report detailing minutes of the Davis Besse reactor head degradation.

      Mr. Casto had basically begged off responsibility for making decisions during that meeting. (He was not the only NRC official doing so at the time.) His very vague statements were of concern to many of us here during the early months after the Fukushima accident.

      Perhaps he has had time to digest his experience and has been able to realize the visceral level of fear he SHOULD have felt when he arrived at the Fukushima plant in the two or three days after 3/11.

      For Mr. Casto to come forward and say what he witnessed was "horrifying" is very revealing. It means some of those to whom is delegated responsibility for nuclear safety may not "have a defect in the reptilian brain" after all.

      For those of you who are new here, Dr. Helen Caldicott uses this term to describe the utter lack of healthy fear that should be associated with playing with nuclear "toys." Dr. Caldicott says many nuclear industry and nuclear weapons scientists have defects in the part of the brain governing the fight or flight response. It's the same part of the brain which is supposed to trigger fear when the tiger is ready to jump on us, the deer sees the headlights, etc.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Chuck Casto was part of the emergency response team from the U.S. who was called in to help on site at Fukushima, in the early days after the accident.

        Hopefully he and others will be galvanized and united in trying to bring some sanity to nuclear power safety management.

        Let us hope and pray his very visceral fear is not trivialized and written off as "that couldn't happen here in the U.S. because ___ ." (You fill in the blanks.)

        Yer darn tootin' right it was almost of Biblical proportions, Mr. Casto. Your boots were some of the first ones on the ground. Mr. Casto, did you get the feeling the Cecil B. DeMille movie, "The Ten Commandments" had come true, and you were one of the Egyptians standing in the Red Sea when Red Sea rushed back in to cover the ground?


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  • demo demo

    Praying for a massive outbreak of sanity! May they all come to their senses!


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  • Noah

    “It’s forever changed me”

    To include genetically.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Asking these people to immediately shut down the nuclear power plants would be like asking the rest of the world to give up their cars and start walking, comforted in the knowledge that a bus will come along soon. It's madness to poison and warm the planet by driving cars, but nearly all of us on this very website do so every single day. Waiting for the nuclear industry to do what we should all be doing ourselves isn't going to get any of us very far in our goals of saving our precious earth. How many people here recycle? Pay extra and buy green energy. Offset their car and home fuel use with carbon credits? Buy organic? Walk and leave the car at home? Limit how many kids they have? Turn out the lights when they aren't using them? Only flush the toilet when necessary? Better, yet, don't use drinking water to flush their crap away? Protest against what they believe is wrong or dangerous and rally for what they believe is good, fair and helpful? Donate money or time to organizations, even this one, that work against nuclear energy or any other massively poisonous business or governmental practice? Buy used clothes and other used items instead of new ones? Put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat? Really, really, really find out what their politicians are doing and communicate with them regularly? Answer 100% to all of these questions and you will understand what kind of effort, commitment and know-how it's going to take to shut down nuclear power plants.


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    • richard richard

      answer 100% to that and i'd have to think you're lying ;)

      not saying any of it's not true Vic, I'm completely with you. There may be one or two living like that, but by their very definition they wont be here on enenews.

      http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/tag/acapella-group-ecopella/

      (oh, and how come we have a religious reference going on? :) /joke)


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      • Horseman of the Apocalypse Horseman of the Apocalypse

        Good question. Why do we have a religious reference here, when everyone knows that ene news prohibits same? After all, science has outshone GOD, right? Why, with all its logics, analysis and required proof, science is where its at, presents as the saviour to the human race; thats why science estimates the loss of life resulting from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe to be between 35 and ten million people (depending upon which scientist you talk to).

        Hail to the scientists! Saviours of humanity!!
        P.S/ Did you know that 55,000 scientists are currently engaged in finding biological weapons to annihilate humanity?


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        • Horseman of the Apocalypse Horseman of the Apocalypse

          Not that ene newsers have anything to worry about: I mean, I'm sure GOD is going to put up with the bullshit lies offered up in ITS name. Carry on, I'm sure big bad old GOD will be more then content to let you attempt to save yourselves. heh heh heh. Now, that's a joke…


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    • Maggie123

      Vic, Your list is impressive – I actually do as much along those lines as I can and have felt so often it's possibly futile given cultural habits I observe around me – but to not so live is unthinkable … and I continue! More items for the list – use manual labor over power tools whenever possible; vinegar and baking soda each alone or in combo will do most home surface cleaning jobs; wash dishes in a basin and water plants with the grey water (I don't cook with grease or oil so dishwater is pretty clean – I put it on shrubs). Grew up on a farm living a resource frugal life so developed the mind-set early! I really appreciate your post! It lightens the effort here!


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    • Max1 Max1

      Vic,
      I'm driving a car for the first time in years (rental visiting my sick father in other state). I haven't owned a car in about ten years now. My mode of transportation is by foot or bus. In Seattle, our bus system is either trolly(electric), diesel, or hydrogen hybred. Ps, I also can use my bike.

      My father asked me, once again, why I don't have a car. My reply, "I refuse to contribute to the problem facing the world. Personally, I would buy a hybred of electric/bio fuel or just electric, should the price come way down.


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      In other words, we must abandon our bad habits as consumers, to become stewards of a finite, perishable, precious little Planet Earth. Right, Vic? :)


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    • dosdos dosdos

      I do those things, grow food, recycle, use the car only as needed, manage resources carefully, I even generate my own electricity with wind generators. Over all, I average about $1k profit a year selling the excess to the grid through a co-op that has no connection to nuclear power.


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      • Gotham

        Good for you Dos.

        I have recently installed 5.5 kW of SunPower solar electric panels – they will meet 90% of the electrical needs.

        Getting ready to soon purchase a FORD Focus EV (no hybrids for me) which has a range of 100 miles which is just perfect for my needs. No more gasoline, oil or car maintanence other than tires and grease.

        Good Luck to the rest of you that remain chainded to the past.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        DosDos, would you please post some info. to the forum on your off-grid energy production? We're considering purchasing a home and would like to put in some things along those lines ….

        For those of us who don't own our own homes, it's pretty difficult (not cost effective or financially possible w/o great financial strain) to do some of the green/energy efficient things listed.

        I suppose it depends on how much of one's resources one wants to spend on this sort of thing.

        At any rate — can we please take all of this to the Forum where posterity can benefit from it? Where we can all find references to these great suggestions later on? Thanks much.


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          What I meant is — it's a matter of financial priorities. IMHO we need to work to change things at the structural level (the nature of the economy) and/or the legal and regulatory framework, in order to overcome the inertia working against us.

          It is also true if every person makes an effort, collectively change happens.

          Change happens from the top down, as well as from the bottom up.


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          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            HoTate…There is plenty of info on line about going off the grid. I have a friend who is a senior programmer at Stanford Research Institute who telecommutes from NY while living off the grid in her camper in NY.

            Good luck.


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            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Can you suggest search terms? Just "going off the grid" ? Honestly, I'm a newbie at home energy production and I wouldn't have the foggiest how to get started. Have some good literature on solar energy and creating an energy efficient home; but my resources are 20-30 years old.


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    • Siouxx Siouxx

      We do Richard and I'm neither a liar nor do I see why I wouldn't read ENENEWS. Both my husband and I gave up our jobs twelve years ago to work a small piece of land and live self-sufficiently. In addition to the above list, we don't even have a flush toilet we made a dry one out of recycled pallet wood and make humanure/compost. We also only use ecological building materials, which you didn't mention Vic. Don't imagine we are the only people to do this. Throughout the World there are so many who have realised that this is the only way forward, if we are to have a chance. We know that for every 1000 square meters of organically cultivated land like ours there are thousands of hectares of chemically sprayed and/or GMO crops and for every free-range organic hen on our land there are hundreds of thousands of antibiotic-stuffed, abused battery caged birds. This doesn't stop us it just spurs us on to do more. We also spend time making films showing others how they too can change the way they live, even if it's just how to make a compost bin, cut their use of natural resources, or treat poultry mites with essential oils – it all helps. Our film on how to make your own greenhouse from recycled materials has had nearly 200,000 views in 153 countries, even if only 5% of these people actually make one, it is 10,000 people who didn't go out a buy a commercial product with all the resources involved and less precious materials which ended up in landfill.


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      • richard richard

        Nice Siouxx. I am pleased that you are doing it and I don't mean to call you a liar. Forgive me, it's just my warped humour. It just seemed such a tall order.

        I've not been blessed to have a partner who had similar aspirations to myself, so small compromises creep into the lifestyle as a city bound person and it's not easy to break those units/supports.

        Do you have the link to your film please, that sounds inspiring for enenews readers.

        Thanks for you efforts, sincerely.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Siouxx, would you please write to me off-list? Would like to discuss your comment above. Like the idea of urban homesteading and the U.S. has some little known laws favorable to homesteaders.

        Thanks. HoTaters@hush.com


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      VicFromOregon,

      Nuclear is a net consumer of energy, and doing most of of what you mention (sweaters, walking, etc.) will have no impact on the nuclear industry. The nuclear industry is part of the weapons industry, and exists to produce money for its owners.

      Since Jimmy Carter, the environmental movement has focused on individual habits, shifting away from corporations, but so much destruction is on the industrial level. We must focus on the movement to end nuclear.


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    • VicFromOregon, your vile and odious comments reek of hypocrisy, and shift the blame from the nuke sociopaths to the mass of people who are currently being poisoned by cesium and plutonium. Most people struggle through life, most are poor and have to do with whatever resources they can grab day-to-day. Not everyone has the luxury of living a fully organic life. The world as it is was not designed by them, it was made this way for the sake of corporate profits. This crap about "it's all your own fault as a consumer" is a shill tactic, period.


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      • Siouxx Siouxx

        I think you missed the point completely. We are all guilty of allowing corporations to take hold, whoever we are. You also do not understand the meaning of organic, it is nothing new, it is the way land was farmed for thousands of years before two World Wars manipulated whole populations into believing in the propaganda of the expensive and destructive Agro Chemical Industry. Some of the poorest peoples of the World are the most environmentally aware and moreover are the most responsible farmers and the most organic and for want of a better adjective 'greenest' people you will find. The point is they don't 'grab' day-to-day, grab is a philosophy born of industrialisation, vast populations were moved into areas to provide cheap labour, whilst indigenous farmers' crops were rendered worthless as whole countries were flooded with subsidised imports. There are people living on the streets who only eat organic food and use precious little of the World's resources. It is all our faults if as consumers we perpetuate these systems and allow our planet to be destroyed. Fukushima has brought us all to the brink of destruction as a species, look in the mirror and ask what you could, would or have done to prevent it before you start throwing rocks


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        • NoNukes NoNukes

          Siouxx,

          I'm not responsible for Scott Peterson's murder of his wife, and I am no more responsible for the murders committed by the nuclear industry. The nuclear industry's attempts to blame its victims, to blame "humanity" for its own crimes, are pathetic and will fail.


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        • Oh, I dunno. The world I inherited was industrialized when I got here, and I'm in my 60s. I don't recall that the Powers That Be ever asked me once about any of it. In fact, they didn't.


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      • richard richard

        I think bobby1 has a point, probably not so dramatically stated at Vic though.

        For me, in simpler terms, if we used renewable energy to power our devices then where is the problem?

        (resources and waste still need to be managed, I'm not discounting that)

        And do remember that here in Oz we use coal and hydro for most of our power. Solar systems are slowly moving in. And we now have a carbon tax.

        So we are not nuke powered, but we supply the uranium and that's where my efforts will be focused, to stop the uranium mining in Australia. Stop coal mining and burning as well. Use renewables. Then we can use our devices without destroying the planet.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      2 VicFromOregon, would you please keep the criticism brief, and post some useful suggestions on green living over at the Forum area? I don't mind constructive criticism for those areas where I might fall short, but would you please make your suggestions more positive, and help educate people like me? I'm sure I'm not doing all I can to be "clean and green." As for the carbon credits, some of us have an ethical issue with that. Some of us we believe the carbon credit system is a ruse to introduce a new form of taxation beyond the control of citizens in sovereign nations. You are welcome to disabuse me of that notion as well, but at the Forum area, please.

      Beware anything which calls itself "clean and green." It isn't always what it appears to be. A lot of foundations (Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, etc.) have hijacked certain elements of the environmental movement to influence politics. The end game? Greed is a partial answer.

      That being said, I'm very pro-environmental protection, and believe, as you do, we need to begin using alternate energy sources. I'd love it if I could get my hands on a composting toilet. Just haven't been able to get around to it yet, financially. We're collectively fighting the inertia of a financial and economic system which is working against true "clean and green" methods of living.

      Bottom line: turn your anger into action


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    • VicFromOregon
      July 19, 2012 at 3:07 am
      Do a little homework on energy audit of nukes. At the end of Brahma's day, nuclear power programmes will have consumed infinitely more power than they ever produced during their lifetime. From year to year they consume energy from society and all the electricity they produce is consumed by the nukes. You will save humanity and all that is from the scourge of extinction by shutting down nukes now because it will shut down some greed induced electricity use. I never use a car in Mysore in my day to day life. I use it only to go on a nature trip and that too in a group which means a minibus. I switch off the PC and the modem when not in use, switch off the electricity when I go away. I walk for meeting my daily needs. I am vegetarian by birth and continue to be so. I do yoga everyday and walk 3 km in 40 mins every day. I am 72! I have been writing, demonstrating why we should conserve and how. Consumerism on this plant is mass suicide. GM foods are suicidal. Yogins, equidistant from good and evil, perform work only by the body, by the mind, by reason, even by the senses for survival. Read my blogs on how to live and the world has a blueprint(!) for survival. Together we can SOS. Think! It is wrong to irradiate. Now change over to a normal way of life or perish in the most unscientific way and without common sense. Begin with a car per family and so on. Use public transport by choice and wake up the government. India can ideally change.


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  • gotnuttin2lose

    Gosh Vic, I thought I was smart, but you are IQ Supra-Diplomatic GOSPEL.
    And you encouraged me to write an editorial in the Press?
    You, my friend, hit the rail road spike on the head with a sledge hammer.
    Another thing is that the world, cannot just suddenly shut down nuke engineer jobs.
    The world is still licking our wounds from trying to sequestor all of the nuke super geeks after the cold war. Some of them are JHS math teachers in the US. Just don't tell anybody it will hurt their feelings.
    Merkle shut down most all of theirs, Japan has shut down all of theirs (Ohi) still pending…pending massive protests.
    The nuke super geeks, cannot suddenly run rogue all at once.
    Kinda' like pouring a waterfall on a big grease fire. Most would think the water is cold pure and good (and it is), we just need a little time for the grease to kool off before we try to wash the big fry pan.


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      It took German activists and green energy development nearly 25 years to shut down their nuclear power plants. Merkel just speeded up an already foregone decision reached by voters at the polls. And, it will still take several years before they are all shut down. Japan is already restarting theirs. I didn't mean to offend. I do submit pieces to editorials. Sometimes i even get published and my opinion put out there. And, i do everything on that list and wish everyone else did, too, cuz i think nuclear energy is just one problem among others equally as life quelling. I guess what i'm trying to say is that companies like TEPCO will switch to making green sustainable energy the moment we start paying them to do so and not a moment before.


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      • gotnuttin2lose

        You most certainly did not offend. Your right, more people need to start flooding the news editorials with the concerns/possible solutions all of us have.
        And I most certainly need to lay off that Old Milwaukee Best Ice 5.9% (AKA The Beast). Too many people such as myself sit around like arm chair generals, whining or just stewing in silence, instead of writing something up for all eyes to see.
        Most people have brilliant ideas (even epiphanic momemts) and never share them, and in my case(of beer)–even a broken clock is right twice a day.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Please spend some energy publishing suggestions (even references to good sources of info. welcome) at the Forum area. Seriously, your efforts are appreciated.

        Some of us have to "choose our battles" and my battles don't happen to be spending lots of time on figuring out how to live clean and green. That, for me, is because I've just spent seven years recovering from life-threatening illness. Have a part-time job just administering my own insurance claims, as our medical and insurance system is so hosed up. (Another big can of worms.)

        Please be respectful of the priorities of others, and remember, we're all doing our best to get along.

        'Reminds me the lyrics of a song I used to like, written by a local San Francisco band, "Big fish in a little bitty pond, little bitty fish tryin' to get along …."


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    • Maggie123

      Kudos for writing an editorial! "Planting seeds!"

      Re paying for the behavior changes we want, I suppose. I keep waiting for the 'aha' of "intrinsic reward" to kick in; satisfaction and gratification for the deed itself. I'm sure we're born with the capacity for intrinsic reward. We've not developed societal systems that support developing it, (IMO).


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  • Max1 Max1

    Dear mr Castro,
    This disater is proof the Mark 1 reator IS a flawed design. Primary containment CAN and will fail and the secondary containment that is designed to be THE ONE BACKUP containment is nothing but a joke.

    SHUT THEM DOWN!


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Mr. Casto says "We can never let this happen in the United States."
    If you run them, they will fall apart.
    Nuclear fuel zirconium cladding is the design flaw (one of many) that is killing the nuclear industry. In a nuclear meltdown, zirconium is heated by the decay heat from cesium in fuel pellets. Zirconium burns readily in spent fuel assemblies exposed to air. Zirconium burns better under water than it does in air. Cesium and zirconium vapors form an explosive combination. Zirconium is so explosive it is used in pyrotechnics.
    http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/chemical/8183
    Zr + 2 H2O → ZrO2 + 2 H2.
    Oh, BTW, zirconium and water form zirconium oxide and hydrogen, which isn't a good thing to have build up in a reactor, containment, or in a reactor building. As we saw at Fuku.
    Decommissioning all nuke plants, Mr. Casto, is the only way to make sure this doesn't happen in the USA.


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  • weeman

    Mr. Castro put your words into action and close all mark 1 reactors in USA now, or are you a puppet, these units have serious design flaws and you know it. Do it now or you will have to live with the consequences.


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  • chrisk9

    Almost all the people here are good souls who want to do the right things to make our world and our own lives better. We can do a lot individually that can improve our world in small but important ways.

    But our world is run by the same wealthy and powerful people who have always yielded power. When we fight General Electric, we are not just fighting some business, we are fighting our system, our politicians,the bankers, and the way of life we have silently supported in many ways. We are fighting greed and power. As long as that is how our system works, nuclear power will not go anywhere unless their is a massive impact even greater than Fukushima has been so far.

    Kukishima is just a symptom of our greater disease, one where money and power means more than human lives.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Mr. Casto's recollection of Fukushima is horrifying. Scared people, many with respirators and protective clothing 20 miles from the accident scene, left a lasting impression on him. So did images of children's toys and coffee cups left where they were when the disaster occurred"
    From original article..
    I would think other images might have been more lasting..as the data passed through the offices of the NRC..
    Such as visual data..and dose rate data..the data on the situation that occurred on the USS Reagan.
    I reserve my opinion here..I will add that Mr. Casto..said nothing… as the condition of Fukushima was downplayed in Congressional hearings.


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  • patb2009

    This guy was at Browns Ferry, making him Top Cop in the Nuclear Industry, is like Hiring Joe Arpaio to be the top man for latino affairs at the White House.


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    • Oh, OUCH!

      Given what we have seen of NRC inaction since Fukushima – as well as the public Kabuki of coup against Jaczko last December by the industry shills in charge of NRC – I'd have to say that any self-serving professions of True Faith and Service to the People from this agency are pretty darned disgusting.

      Can't afford to build more nukes? Why, we'll just extend the rustbuckets we've got 20 years past their 'sell-by' dates, AND give 'em power upgrades so they can run at ~150% of design capability while we're at it! This does NOT fall under the header of PROTECTING THE PUBLIC.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And Davis Besse? Was Chuck Casto there, or just reporting on his recommendations?


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  • chrisk9

    The NRC is just the stepchild of the Atomic Energy Commission, but acts they same way in promoting nuclear power by only doing what is best for the nuclear power interests.

    As a regulator they never had the backs of the workers. There was lip service, but most safety concerns brought up by workers were deposited into a black hole somewhere.

    The fact that they are really doing nothing at all about the old BWR's like Fukushima tells you all you need to know. Are you telling me that there are no lessons learned, or modifications to be made? No questions that should be asked about spent fuel storage, or diesel generators? No emergency plan modifications?

    We used to hate it when the NRC was doing an inspection because they would look at stupid stuff and ignore any larger issues. They are worthless.


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    • gotnuttin2lose

      Yes, stepchild is a good word or public bastard child. How could they ever regulate the hand that feeds them and remain neutral. Don't they get nearly all their funding from utilities. I can only imagine all of the secret sweet heart agreements made to keep the child toothless. Talk about a conflict of interest. Are NRC officials allowed to buy and sell stock in the industry that they supposedly regulate? Talk about insider trading.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      chrisk9, appreciate your sharing your insights here as one who had your "boots on the ground." Thank you.

      No disrespect intended toward anyone who has served in the military, as I'm aware that phrase comes from descriptions of combat.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Mr. Casto said. “It’s forever changed me, to be ever more dedicated to making sure a release like that never happens here.”

    Man cannot "make sure", as proven by past and present nuclear disasters.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    It's forever changed all of us and our environment.


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  • truthseek truthseek

    "Almost biblical" for all of the GODS sake…
    …EPIC ON THE SCALE OF ALL HUMANITY…
    all life on this planet, it's unfathomable
    the actual scope of damage done.

    This IS the bigger(est) breach of our planet
    than everything (nuke testing & bombs, etc.)
    added up, until the Fukushima cluster f – - -

    We have suffered greater accumulative exposure
    in 15 months… than over the last 50 years.
    It's amazing the "experts are in denial"
    and I am truly afraid. This is insane.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    'Have to wonder what Mr. Casto ISN'T SAYING.


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  • truthseek truthseek

    It really is amazing… I know much of what I know
    due to time spent here learning and sharing with
    everyone (here) and by absolute diligence in
    my studies of the topic, unlike ever before.

    I do not know beans about this… Yet,
    am able to reason facts and truths…
    and the so called experts are hopeful
    and optimistic. What tha?

    Become a student of another field…
    (got bored $tudying the Wall$treet ca$ino palor
    and rigged financial $y$tem, Fed, 401k,
    derivative$ black hole, Yadi -ya)

    This FUKU business is directly related
    to everyone of us. We .all. pay for this.
    The global financial system is fake,
    it has been gutted already…
    The irony?


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    • Good that you are keeping close track. The demise of the previous ruling 'system' (Big Capitalism) is hurting millions of people, will hurt millions more before it's over. But this generational cash-out is just the last of a series of generational cash-outs the public should have analyzed as part of their regular schooling and known was coming, years ago. Next installment will be something quite else, but we've got the general outlines of it already. "Neo-Feudalism" is just one corner of it.

      Nukes were dying well before September of 2008 (when we found out about Economic Doom [TM]). The real Powers That Be [PTB] weren't pouring good money after bad, there's no future in it. Fukup just informs us that we need to get the lead out on closing down what's left. Everything else is just cash flow and Kabuki.

      Yet a thorough grounding in what actually happened on all sorts of related [but sometimes hidden] levels of civilization, sociology and politics from the turn of the last century to now would be eye-opening from today's perspective. A map could be drawn and colored-in, and it would look a whole lot like an octopus. Nuclear physics and technology was at the heart of it, all along. Wall Street's Johnny Come Latelies may not know or appreciate that as they cash in their chits. Their elders are keenly aware.

      Just my opinion, of course. Earned the hard way… §;o)


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      • truthseek truthseek

        600 trillion in derivatives (entirely fake financial system)
        Or radiation and actual destruction…
        engineered poisons.

        I have been swept up buy the poison
        the past 5 years, FUKU worries me.


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        • We can survive where we are if the whole world collapses into anarchy tomorrow. Chose this place on purpose for that very quality (and beguiled by its beauty) twenty years ago when we put some isolation between us and 'civilization'. But for as long as the 'system' still exists, we cannot survive without money. Yes, it's all fake, just a means of barter on our time and lives. But taxes have to be paid with money. Mortgage, though we're getting close to an end. Electricity, phone, grocery store food, tuition for the grandkids, gasoline, car insurance, health insurance… you know all that.

          I don't worry about what I'll do when it all goes away. We'll be fine. I do worry, every day, about having enough 'fake' money (bytes in somebody's computer) to keep going with what we have. I guess that's where they want everyone to be. It's worked pretty well so far… §;o)


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  • truthseek truthseek

    JoyB you are so wise and a real joy (literally) to interact with, to read your thoughts and expressions. Thank you SO MUCH for being here and contributing to this group and it's important cause.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    If you reread the FOIA documents from the NRC, you will be reminded that Casto is an NRC "company man" all the way. See page 228 of this one, for example:

    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A105.pdf

    In another of the documents, it was revealed that he had rushed to Japan in such a hurry that he did not take a change of clothing, and since (we're told) clothes for a person his size could not be found in Japan (we had this on Enenews, but I don't have a link handy), the committee would authorize a few hundred taxpayer dollars for courier fees to send him a change of clothing.

    So when he says Fukushima changed him… it really did!

    If you think I'm being unfairly hard on Team NRC, then please, please read the FOIA transcripts. It makes the Hurricane Katrina response looks like a precision drill team.

    Heckuva job, NRC.


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    • aigeezer
      July 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm
      Hats off to you whatever your real avatar is! People possessed humour in the midst of Little Boy and Fat Man! I read that classic Brighter than a thousand suns when a little boy! You split my sides with great viscereal laughs! I am still laughing.


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