The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster consisted of a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
Energy expert, Thomas S. Drolet, President of Drolet and Associates Energy Services, Inc. recently visited Fukushima and was also at the site shortly after the disaster occurred to assist with the recovery process. Mr. Drolet has also been to Chernobyl and is a highly sought after speaker on the subject of nuclear energy.
There is a lot to be learned from this event, especially as it pertains to Japan’s history, culture and ability to create its own source of stable energy. In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Tom Drolet about the criteria leading up to Japan’s decision to move forward with nuclear, the dramatic impact on the business environment as well as the social impact on its people. Mr. Drolet has worked in the energy industry and technology innovation industries for over 42 years. He brought a wealth of experience at the senior management level to the electrical utility industry at Ontario Hydro, the fourth largest electrical utility in the world (Nuclear, Coal, Natural Gas, Hydroelectric), American Electric Power (Canada) and DTE Energy. He has worked on BOD and in the oil and natural gas industries in North America and on Renewable Energies in North and South America, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In the last 25 years Mr. Drolet has worked internationally in 44 countries and has spoken at over 175 major conferences on issues in energy and the effects of new technologies on the economies of the western world.