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    I wasn't intending to mislead with my statement about exponential decay.  I was trying to make the point that most of the really hot stuff is gone quickly.  In an exponential decay the activity drops quickly and then tails off.  But the material can be much more easily handled quite quickly.  That's all I was trying to say with that.

    I also wasn't saying that the core containment can or will contain all radioactivity.  They are, however, designed to contain the core material itself.  The release of steam can obviously result in the release of material if the steam is contaminated.  They still have filters on the valves.  The question is whether or not there are leaked in containment allowing unfiltered steam out.  Obviously that's possible at this point.  Things are admittedly changing quite quickly.  But I still don't think we're in for another Chernobyl.

    That said, I am not a nuclear engineer, nor do I claim to be an expert.  I do basic research, mostly using programming.  I was trying to provide a summary of information I had read.

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