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Chemistry isn't my gig so I can't bring much intelligence to a discussion but it occurs to an ignorant pumping relatively unfiltered sea water into the nuclear reactors means everything from trace minerals to hydro-carbons (from pollution) to amino-acids have come in contact with the fuel rods, meaning the potential they have undergone nuclear transmutation.

Am I off-base here?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 01:49:56 PM EST
Well Chemistry is long in my past, and not above 1980's high school level, but from admittedly shaky memory you're right I think. other things are inflow water is meant to be kept with low oxygen in the parts per billion dissolved to stop internal piping layers of the inflow pipes from rusting.You also have an aim to keep the ph in a very limited range to keep electochemistry to a minimum between different metals inside the reactor All of this is going to strip the inside and drop flaked rubbish in through the heart of the reactor.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 02:15:07 PM EST
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Visit any seaport to see how machinery deals with seawater...
by asdf on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 10:00:20 PM EST
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