Apr 04

Gundersen: This video “confirms our worst fears” — Scientist: Reactor core materials found almost 500 km from Fukushima plant — 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bq/kg — Can travel very, very significant distances — Hot particles found in 25% of samples from Tokyo and Fukushima (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 4, 2014):

Fairewinds Energy Education, Apr. 3, 2014:

  • At 0:45 in – Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education: If Fairewinds Energy Education was a Japanese website, the State Secrets Law would likely prevent us from issuing this video.
  • At 1:15 in — Marco Kaltofen, Civil Engineer & Ph.D. Candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI):  In looking at indoor environments, they tend to be much more contaminated than the surroundings outside. Houses act like a trap and they tend to collect outdoor contaminants and they expose people as much as 24 hours a day.
  • At 9:15 in – Kaltofen: The sample that we got came from Nagoya in Japan, its 460 kilometers from the accident site. That’s about 300 miles away.
  • At 9:30 in — Kaltofen: It’s actually in the size range of dusts that can be inhaled and then retained in the lungs. This is important because if your health physicist and calculating and you’re calculating the dose that you would get from this particle you’d have to consider that this particle might actually be trapped and result in a lifetime exposure. Continue reading »

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Dec 17

Hot particle found 400 kilometers from Fukushima with radioactivity over 40 billion Bq/kg — Large black puddles of fallout along roadsides might well be from inside failed fuel rods (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Dec 17, 2013):

Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds, Dec. 16, 2013 (at 3:30 in): Large puddles of black particles have been found on the side of the road, each individual grain is extraordinarily radioactive. This is fall-out, this is hot particles that have coalesced together on the side of the road. Recently a hot particle was discovered 250 miles [400 kilometers] away from Fukushima. It was so radioactive that if it were a pound of material instead of just a particle, the pound would be giving off 20 billion disintegrations per second [44 billion becquerels per kilogram] […] That small speck could easily be lodged in someone’s lung. >> Watch the video here

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Jul 12

Japan’s Black Dust, with Marco Kaltofen (Fairewinds, July 10, 2013):

About This Podcast

This week Fairewinds Energy Education interviewed Marco Kaltofen, a leading scientist who studies radiation as well as specific radioactive isotopes. Marco and Arnie discuss a recent sample that contained highly concentrated radioactive material from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. As the sound quality of this recording varies, we have transcribed the podcast so you can read along.

Read Marco’s Report: Radiological Analysis of Namie Street Dust

Podcast Transcript

English

NWJ:   Welcome to Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast for Wednesday, June 26th. Joining me today is Marco Kaltofen, the President of Boston Chemical Data Corp and doctoral student researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer for Fairewinds.

MK:    Thanks for having me.

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Oct 20

How Citizen Scientists can Sample Radiation (Fairewinds, Oct 18, 2012):

How Citizen Scientists can Sample Radiation from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

About this video

Marco Kaltofen, PE explains how citizens scientists can properly, collect, document, package and ship radiation samples. In this video, he also demonstrates how he analyzes radioactive samples in his lab.

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Jun 21

Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Boston Chemical Data Corporation’s Founder Marco Kaltofen have an in-depth conversation regarding the challenges of measuring radiation exposures to people around the globe. Kaltofen explains the scientific methodology involved in accurately analyzing and measuring radioactive releases from Fukushima Daiichi, including the impact of hot particles on human physiology.


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May 8, 2012

Laboratory Test Results: Tokyo Soil Samples

Arnie Gundersen: Hi, I am Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds.  This is the first video on the new Fairewinds site.  We worked really hard to make it user friendly and searchable and we hope you like it.  If you have any questions, please send us a comment.

You recall Marco Kaltofen.  He presented at the American Public Health Association a couple of months ago and we heard his presentation.  Today, I had a longer conversation with Mr. Kaltofen.  Mr. Kaltofen runs the Boston Chemical Data Corporation and he is a professional engineer.  He talks about radiation in the environment and especially radiation from the Fukushima accident.  I hope you enjoy the conversation between Mr. Kaltofen and me.
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Feb 19

More from Marco Kalthofen:

Scientist Marco Kalthofen’s Presentation To The American Public Health Association: Americium (A Byproduct Of Plutonium Decay) Hot Particles Detected In Tokyo – ‘My University Is Annoyed With Me’: Auto Air Filters From Fukushima City (65 Km From Nuke Plant) So Radioactive Have To Be Buried At Radioactive Waste Disposal Site In US

Scientist Marco Kaltofen’s Presents Data To APHA Confirming Hot Particles – Highest US Topsoil Radioactive Cesium Findings Over 10,000% Higher Than Highest Findings By UC Berkeley – ENORMOUS Radiation Exposure To The Population In Japan After The Earthquake

Fairewinds’ Founder Maggie Gundersen Interviews Environmental Scientist Marco Kaltofen: Radiation In Food Is Going To Be A Nationwide Problem In The US!


Study: Rocky Flats area still as contaminated with plutonium as 40 years ago (Daily Camera, Feb. 18, 2012):

Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hires contractor to test soil for plutonium

Driven by concerns that running the Jefferson Parkway across a strip of land along the eastern edge of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge would stir up clouds of plutonium-laden dust, Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center commissioned a study last fall to gauge contamination levels in the area.

The newly released results show the area is as contaminated by radioactive plutonium now as it was 40 years ago, before the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which operated on that site, was closed and cleaned up.

“The material is still there; it’s still on the surface,” said Marco Kaltofen, president of Boston Chemical Data Corp., the contractor hired by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

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