Chuck Casto is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. He has 38 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility including executive, regulatory, technical, and operational areas within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the commercial nuclear power industry, and the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service at the NRC, where he last held the position of Regional Administrator, U.S. NRC Region III. As a regulator, he provided oversight of nuclear fuels facilities; radioactive materials licensees; and operating, construction, and decommissioning power reactors.
Mr. Casto has served in key leadership roles to resolve numerous challenging and complicated technical and policy issues for the NRC and Congress. He served for eleven months, living in Japan, as the Director for U.S. Government Site Operations related to the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, arriving there during the initial phases of the accident. As part of these duties, he represented the U.S. Government to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. In addition to the challenges he faced as an NRC Regional Administrator, during his time with the NRC he had significant temporary assignments as a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator involved in the development of energy policy, and as the Reactor Programs Assistant to an NRC Chairman resolving a variety of policy issues. As a Senior Executive, Mr. Casto received both the Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Rank Awards.
Before beginning his career with the NRC, Mr. Casto worked at three commercial nuclear power plants in construction, startup, and operations activities as a non-licensed operator, licensed operator, and as a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) instructor.
Mr. Casto received a B.S. degree in Nuclear Technology from the University of the State of New York, an M.P.A. from the University of Georgia and a D.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.