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    The most likely source of the smoke is due to electrical power starting fires while testing equipment.  The electricity starts a fire initially and ignites various combustibles that are common in power plants (such as insulation and plastics).  Due to the various problems that the plants have had in the recent past (such as the earthquake, H2 explosions, other fires), I would think that upon restoring power and during motor/equipment testing that some fires would be expected.  And those fires will be stirring up some of the contamination that had not previously left the containment (but does not necessarily mean any new fuel issues).  

    Without someone directly viewing and sampling the smoke, we most likely would not be able to say for certain what exactly caught on fire.

    At this point I would not be too concerned.  If the fires continued unmitigated after power was turned off on things not working properly for a longer period of time, then I would start to be concerned somewhat.

    If there was a new problem with the spent fuel, I think the effects would be noticable even without a large amount of equipment in service yet.  Temperatures via heat guns/thermal imagers would be significantly higher, radiation levels would spike much more significantly higher, and I believe the actual smoke from a fuel fire is not blackish in color (that last one is not for certain to me).

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    by erush1345 on Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 05:16:33 AM PDT

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