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One does not wade in 1.5m water! Are there any radiation wet suits?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 11:56:30 PM EST
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The point is that the "water lapped over the edge of the boots" story may well be weapons-grade bullshit.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 06:05:52 AM EST
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I'm right at 6' tall and have plenty of experience "standing" in water ~ 5' deep. I use quote marks around the word standing because I have little stability at that height, being so close to neutral buoyancy. I might charitably presume that these workers confined their activities to ankle deep water, but the risk of puncture of those crude plastic bag shoe covers is extreme and calls into question the judgment of those in charge. Foot high galoshes, or overshoes, would be appropriate for depths up to about 4" and hip boots up to perhaps 18". Above that the danger of slip and fall becomes too great, given the consequences. IMO. And the wet suit comment was sarcasm, but not directed towards you.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 06:53:58 AM EST
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I didn't take it as sarcasm. I wonder if anyone had thought that radiation suits would need to be used for immersion in radioactive water...

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 11:46:56 AM EST
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Check this out:


So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 06:25:51 AM EST
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I assume those are workers leaving the site of work. if you look at the ones at the back they dont have plastic bags over their feet. I think what has happened is theyve come straight from the site and on leaving the most controlled zone, theyve been made to step into bags and had them taped onto their legs while they walk to a point where more thorough decontamination is to occur so they don't leave radioactive footprints all over the site that also have to be cleaned up.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 08:01:05 AM EST
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That makes more sense than my guess that the bags were a quick and dirty improvised measure for walking in pools of contaminated water.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 12:54:32 PM EST
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That's what I thought at first, too.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 01:55:43 PM EST
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Has it been determined that the photo is of workers leaving the facility for decontamination?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 03:42:25 PM EST
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Nope.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 04:51:51 PM EST
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Doesn't look like it:

These guys don't look like they're coming out and on their way to decontamination.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 05:13:11 PM EST
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Your theory makes sense, however:

One subcontracted worker who laid cables for new electrical lines March 19 described chaotic conditions and lax supervision that made him nervous. Masataka Hishida said neither he nor the workers around him were given a dosimeter, a device used to measure one's exposure to radiation. He was surprised that workers were not given special shoes; rather, they were told to put plastic bags over their street shoes. When he was trying on the gas mask for the first time, he said the supervisor told him and other subcontractors, "Listen carefully, I'm only going to say this one time" while explaining how to use it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/radiation-levels-reach-new-highs-as-conditions-worsen-for-worker s/2011/03/27/AFsMLFiB_story.html

by asdf on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 03:08:23 PM EST
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See also:



So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 05:14:52 PM EST
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