A professional video of Marco Kaltofen’s presentation to the American Public Health Association was recently made available to Fairewinds. Kaltofen states that hot particles are contaminating portions of northern Japan. He also states that auto air filters from Fukushima, that he tested in his Massachusetts laboratory, are so radioactive that they have to be disposed of in a buried radioactive waste disposal site in the US. Additionally, he expresses concerns for the mechanics who work on cars in Fukushima Prefecture.
Arnie Gundersen: Hi, I’m Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds.
On October 31st, a scientist, Marco Kaltofen, made a presentation at the American Public Health Association. They met in Washington D.C. Mr. Kaltofen was asked to make a presentation because he specializes in measuring radiation in the environment. I basically summarized what Mr. Kaltofen said, and had his power point presentation on October 31st. Since then, a professional photographer who was at the American Public Health Association meeting, has donated the video he took of Mr. Kaltofen making the presentation in person.
Today we are posting Mr Kaltofen’s video and the original power point that we talked about back in October, on our site so you can get to see and hear in Mr. Kaltofen’s own words, the severity of the problem of hot particles throughout the world. This is a triumph for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, for Safecast and for hundreds of other people around the world who provided Mr. Kaltofen with information which he could use in his analysis. It truly is crowd sourcing on the internet at it’s best. It allows us to take control of the information that is being analyzed. As I said in my video a month ago now, if we had let the government do this work, I don’t think we ever would have known the severity of the problem in Japan.
Kaltofen Video: (Introduction)
Good morning. Welcome to session 3005, Late Breaking Developments in Public Health.
My name is Barry Levy and together with Dr. Carol Allen, we have organized the session. Unfortunately Dr. Allen will will have to leave shortly after her own presentation to help lead a workshop on cultural diversity for the public health nursing section. We have 6 presentations this morning. We hope to have time for at least one, maybe more questions after each of the presentations, one at a time. We are starting 5 mins late so we will end about 10:05.
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