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.