Man behind radioactive school report motivated by flooding in St. Louis

FLORISSANT, Mo. — This isn’t the first time a Massachusetts company has sounded the alarm about radioactive contamination at a St. Louis-area building.

The man behind the study says he was criticized by the Environmental Protection Agency a few years ago when he reported finding nuclear contamination in Bridgeton’s homes. And now the government is questioning him again when he says they should work with him.

“I’d much rather help anyone who wants to understand our data than argue about whose data is better,” said Marco Kaltofen, Boston Chemical Data Corp.

Kaltofen says he came to St. Louis after our July floods. He referred to our Aug. 4 FOX filings report showing a car washed up on a confirmed nuclear contaminated site near the airport.

“It tells me that if this flood was strong enough to move an entire car, then it’s absolutely capable of removing subatomic particles that you would have to see under a microscope,” said Christen Commuso, a spokesman for the Missouri Coalition for the environment this day.

On Tuesday, Kaltofen, Boston Chemical Data Corp. went to the Jana elementary school in August to take samples.

“We went to school on purpose after the flood,” he said. “Floods bring radioactivity from the creek into surrounding properties. It is being traced into people’s homes, schools and businesses, from truck traffic and cars driving into garages to children’s shoes bringing in the contaminated dirt.”

Kaltofen says he would not have made the report if the Army Corps of Engineers had been tested at school.

Kaltofen also admits that in 2017 he found nuclear contamination in homes near the Bridgeton landfill and that the The EPA followed with a thousand-page report dispute his findings.

“What I want to emphasize is that there’s a really big difference between testing several hundred samples and testing two,” he said. “And I wish the EPA actually contacted me, because the method we used is actually published in the scientific literature, and they used a completely different method that didn’t match our method.”

Kaltofen adds that while his company collects the samples, it then sends the collected samples to independent certified laboratories to determine the results. He said these labs “…don’t know where they’re coming from or what’s being tested, and so they’re completely isolated from the controversies that we have in St. Louis.”

Although he has read that the Army Corps of Engineers disputes his current study, Kaltofen claims that no one from the government has asked about his sampling techniques and data. Today he said he sent it to them hoping to start a conversation. Man behind radioactive school report motivated by flooding in St. Louis

Sarah Y. Kim

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