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STATION BLACKOUT

INSIDE THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER AND RECOVERY

On March 11, 2011, fifty minutes after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit eastern Japan, a tsunami 45-feet high engulfed the nuclear power plant known as Fukushima Daiichi, knocking out electrical power and all the reactors’ safety systems. Three reactor cores experienced meltdowns in the first three days, leading to an unimaginable nuclear disaster. The person the Tokyo Electric Power Company called for help was Dr. Chuck Casto. In Station Blackout, Chuck Casto, the foremost authority on responding to nuclear disasters, shares his first-hand account of how he led the collaborative team of Japanese and American experts that faced the challenges of Fukushima. A lifetime of working in the nuclear industry prepared him to manage an extreme crisis, lessons that apply to any crisis situation.

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Dr. Charles Casto shares with audiences his extensive nuclear, policy, diplomatic and extreme crisis experiences as a foundation for his insights on Extreme Crisis Leadership. Corporations, institutions, and governments trust Casto to inform, train and ready their leaders, management and staff to handle the most extreme situations that push the limits of human capacity and courage.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

Chuck Casto shares true lessons of crisis leadership, systems failure and leadership panic gleaned from his critical role in the recovery from Japan’s 2011 enormous triple disaster: massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. His presentations explore the implications of Fukushima Daiichi on existing nuclear power plant resilience, the difficulties in building competence in a nuclear regulatory body given adverse societal opinions, and the risks posed by a lack of truly independent source of nuclear trained staff. Dr. Casto shares his insights on the complications of international cooperation during an extreme crisis, and how to build a roadmap for stronger safety regime.

About Chuck Casto

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto, (USNRC retired/researcher Kennesaw State University - Georgia) led the integrated US Government and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) efforts in Japan for the year immediately following the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. Working directly with the U.S. Ambassador, and coordinating with the NRC’s Emergency Operations Center, he represented the United States Government to the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet.  


In the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis, Dr. Casto served as the U.S. government’s lead nuclear representative. He received the Presidential Distinguished Award from President Obama in 2012, and for his contributions to the U.S. government, he previously received the Meritorious Rank Award (2009) from President Bush. After his experience in Japan, Casto was named the NRC Regional Administrator, Region III, overseeing 23 reactors in eight states as one of the senior executives for the U.S. NRC. 

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