In response to Susan M. Pierson's letter, "Fukushima meltdown," on May 15. Ms. Pierson should get the facts correct prior to making statements about the state of the reactors in Japan.
According to the The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is monitoring the situation in Japan, as of April 27, 2012, Tokyo Power was applying nearly 6,000 gallons of cooling water per hour on reactors 1, 2 and 3. The temperatures are down to a level considered to be "cold shutdown." Currently, officials are stepping up the air monitoring of the area and have been monitoring the condition of the spent nuclear fuel in the storage pools.
This is a very bad situtation, but there is no reason to fan the flame of unbased fear and concern. Please check the facts before making rash statements. A good place to start is www.iaea.org.
BILL STEVENS, West Richland