Gem of the day

When an energy production disaster occurs, you can be sure a gem like this isn't far behind:

"Japan Nuclear Firm Admits Missing Safety Checks at Disaster-hit Plant"

And yet, it still boggles the mind. This ain't your average storage facility, folks--it's a huge nuclear plant. So can we afford to step up the basic safety checks? Or, not even step them up, just--er--remember to do them?

"According to documents from Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the company repeatedly missed safety checks over a 10-year period up to two weeks before the 11 March disaster, and allowed uranium fuel rods to pile up inside the 40-year-old facility."

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