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Auto majors face paint shortage too Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:021ShareDETROIT: The shortage of a specialty pigment that gives cars a glittering shine has prompted automakers to temporarily restrict orders on vehicles in certain shades of black, red and other colours.

Major automakers, including Chrysler Group LLC, Toyota Motor Co, General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co use the pigment, called Xirallic, produced at only one factory in the world — the Onahama plant near the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. The plant is operated by German chemical company Merck KGaA, and has been evacuated. Merck spokesman Gangolf Schrimpf said the company does not know when it will be permitted to reopen the plant, which was closed soon after the March 11 earthquake.

via Auto majors face paint shortage too.

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When TEPCO mishandled the Fukushima Daiichi plant, they affected millions of people in Japan and opportunities for economic and business operations around the world as well – that is why it is everybody’s business how these things are handled by nuclear power plants like TEPCO owns or big petroleum companies’ facilities like BP owns and runs. When things go wrong – it impacts everyone around the world and when the things that went wrong get handled in ways that make it even worse, people and businesses and nations around the world pay the real price for those muck ups.

– cricketdiane note

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There have been articles that talk about how some of the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that have been made worse or mishandled were based on regulations and knowledge that was never updated by scientific findings and engineering studies which have been made since the regulations and systems were initiated (in the 1950’s and 60’s.) That seems very likely to be a problem in far more plants and nations – especially the United States than most people would think possible.

I think it needs to be fixed.

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