This is why, when something like Fukushima comes along, we kind of want to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Well, we're in luck: Just last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that it will be requiring 31 reactors in the U.S. with similar designs to the one in Fukushima to undergo a ventilation upgrade, which -- if you're not counting -- is two years after the fact.
"If it had been that big a problem, we'd have heard about it on the news."
But of course, these things take time. It's not like they were sitting around holding their dicks after the incident in Japan, right? Actually ... it took them a year to propose the requirement for some reason, and afterward it still took months of review and a chairman resignation to actually get it done. Now that it has been settled, the commission is moving on to a rule concerning filters for the vents as well (because apparently nuclear power plant vents don't require filters), which, we shit you not, would not be finalized until 2017.