Kaltofen's soil measurement 100X UCB's? - 296 becquerel/kg?
Following is a quote from a blog comparing Marco Kaltofen's data with UCB data in soil testing on the west coast.
If his measurements are accurate, (and my conversion of picocuries to becqerels) 296 becquerel per kilogram seems a very significant finding. If this is accurate, I believe it is a strong case for further testing of soils for fallout from fukushima.
Any comment from UCB?
I am trying to find the raw data for Kaltofen's research, but mostly find the usual blogoshpere echo chamber. Anybody have any sources for the raw data?
All the best,
"After the earthquake in Japan, scientists at UC-Berkeley (UCB) measured the radiation levels of soil in various parts of California.
The highest cesium levels of any topsoil measurements found by UCB since the crisis began was 2.737 becquerels/kg in Sacramento. This is is equal to 73.9 picocuries/kg. (Conversion: 27 picocuries = 1 becquerel)
However, Marco Kaltofen, a professional engineer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, delivered his research findings at a lecture to the American Public Health Association in Washington D.C. the other day that painted a much, much worse picture of the situation.
Marco Kaltofen said his testing showed that the highest cesium levels detected in U.S. “surface soil” were up to 8 nanoCuries per Kg of radiocesium. This is equal to 8,000 picocuries/kg. (Conversion: 1 nanocurie = 1,000 picocuries).
In plain english, what does this all mean?
It means that Marco Kaltofen’s findings are showing that the radiation levels are 108 times higher than what was previously found by UCB."