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Appendix C

The Results Tables are available in Portable Document Format (pdf).  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read or print PDF files.

Table C-1. Weekly Gross Alpha and Gross Beta Concentrations in Air
Table C-2. Weekly Iodine-131 Activity in Air
Table C-3. Quarterly Cesium-137, Strontium-90, and Actinide Concentrations in Composite Air Filters
Table C-4. Tritium Concentrations in Atomospheric Moisture
Table C-5. Monthly and Weekly Tritium Concentrations in Precipitation
Table C-6. Weekly and Monthly Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 Concentrations in Milk



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