The nation’s former top environmental regulator, in Columbia to promote nuclear power as a spokeswoman for the industry, said the performance of nuclear plants in the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake will say a lot about how safe that country’s atomic energy reactors are in a natural disaster.
In an interview with The State newspaper, one-time U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman said, “It’s going to be a very good lesson in how these things work,” Whitman said. “You can’t pretend (the quake) didn’t happen. You can’t pretend there aren’t nuclear reactors. We will be paying attention.’’