Boeing worker shoots a load of water over the debris field to keep asbestos dust down.
Boeing worker shoots a load of water over the debris field to keep asbestos dust down.
The Department of Toxics Substances Control has begun the massive cleanup of a Rocketdyne dump next to Sage Ranch State Park. (See “Cleaning up Rocketdyne.”)

A trio of environmentalists found a debris field in March 2007 that included blocks of asbestos and pipes lined with antimony. In June, DTSC’s Norm Riley accompanied the citizens to the dump and validated their concerns.

DTSC is overseeing Boeing workers who are excavating the creek dump, ensuring that the airborne asbestos is suppressed with water. Over 800 truck trips are anticipated to haul away hazardous waste bins stored on Boeing property. Excavation of the waste left a large hole in creek bed sealed with colored seeding material. The deadly debris is likely from NASA’s Liquid Oxygen Plant (LOX) activities. The park’s Northern drainage runs through dump and leads down to Simi Valley’s American Jewish University on Brandeis-Bardin campus.

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