Thursday, July 19, 2007

Springfield, Japan

Duncan Currie of Globelaw just sent me a link to a Kyodo News story published by Japan Times today, "Quake-hit atomic plant sits atop a fault line".

Commenting on the statement by a Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesperson: "After looking at aftershock location data, we have come to realize a fault lies right below the plant", Duncan asks: "Is anyone else reminded of The Simpsons?".

On the positive side, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei's words reported at the end of the Japan Times story: "I would hope that Japan would be fully transparent in its investigation of the accident" signal that the Vienna-based agency is no longer keen to accept whitewash to protect the nuclear industry at all costs, as it was the case during the long tenure of Mr. ElBaradei's predecessor.

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