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  •  One of the NHK stories (2+ / 0-)
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    Sandino, Andhakari

    had them checking a "filter" from a sampling system and finding the xenon (and krypton). THAT is total hooey - these are noble gases and are not trapped by filters. Which are there to trap isotopes that do interact or are big enough to be considered particulates.

    They've a 'dust sampling' station right outside unit-2, a covered tent-type thing on top of metal plates covering the ground. Gas sampling requires air sampling with air flow over a given time period.

    •  I assumed they were sampling (1+ / 0-)
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      gases from the exhaust system they rigged trying to keep the hydrogen from building up.  
      Typically they will only admit something like this when it covers something much worse.

      •  Really. I mean they (2+ / 0-)
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        RandomNonviolence, Andhakari

        are "alarmed" by krypton-85? The xenons? Bullshit. These are beta (and a low-energy gamma) emitters, bad to be breathed in hefty amounts, but not all that considerable.

        They're talking about "continuous" fission in the ground. I'm having a little trouble imagining exactly what that means, but obviously TEPCO and NISA (and everybody else 'in the loop') are "alarmed" about that.

        So I figure I should pay attention...

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