Japanese nuclear plants: Some good news

While I was writing the previous post, recommending World Nuclear News as a not-unbiased, but-at-least-well-organized source of information about what's happening at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini power plants, I noticed that they'd posted a new article saying that three of the four reactors at Fukushima Daini are now in cold shutdown—i.e. you don't have to worry about them anymore.

Because, as I said, I wouldn't rely on WNN as a sole source of information, I ducked over to the IAEA—an international regulatory body to whom the power plants' operators must report—to see what they had to say. As of 5:15 am Central European Time, IAEA can confirm that one of the units is in safe cold shutdown, another is on its way there, and the last two are undergoing some final repairs to residual heat removal systems.

See what I mean about the conflicting information? I trust the IAEA on this, so let's not get too excited about multiple cold shutdowns until they confirm it. But the news out of Fukushima Daini—always the less-damaged of the two facilities—is still sounding pretty good this morning.