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founder, president and CEO
As the CEO of a six-person start-up, John Raymont accepted the challenge in April 2011 to clean tens of millions of gallons of radioactive water at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station that was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami.
It was a race against time — the rainy season was only weeks away, and Kurion Inc., a nuclear waste management company, was attempting to build the ﬁrst ever external water-cooling system for a nuclear reactor before the plant ﬂooded and heightened the catastrophe.
Under Raymont’s leadership as president and CEO, Kurion designed and built the cooling system in just eight weeks amid a crisis that caused almost daily changes to speciﬁcations.
Over the next seven months, it eliminated about 70 percent of the 12 million curies of radioactive cesium from wastewater removed from the site, helping to stabilize the plant and protect the environment.
This situation exempliﬁes why Raymont founded Kurion in 2008.
Through his leadership, Kurion developed a two-step waste management platform that is less expensive, modular and scalable to meet the distinct needs of nuclear plants and government waste sites.
The ﬁrst phase acts like a series of sophisticated water ﬁlters that ﬁlters waste and segregates it for disposal.
The second phase uses externally applied inductive energy to bond the waste into glass inside the ﬁnal disposal canister, immobilizing the radioactive elements.
Raymont’s mission is to ﬁnd a solution to the 200 million gallons of nuclear waste worldwide.
Through his entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to an industry that is historically slow-moving, he seeks to provide a legacy for his children and grandchildren that delivers the environmental promise of clean, safe and secure nuclear power.
HOW TO REACH: Kurion Inc., www.kurion.com