This August 6, 2016 demonstration by the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition at the entrance to Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory was to protest the use of the still-contaminated site for recreation before it is totally cleaned up. The protest was larger than the last one there in April. Amazingly, one protester found a long pipe that appeared to be filled with the deadly heavy metal antimony running from the street towards the lab entrance. Also amazing is that the demonstrators outnumbered the people taking the tour which the group took as a positive sign.
Below demonstration photos are images capturing moments “Wild Bill” Bowling discovers potential antimony pipeline with EnviroReporter.com‘s Michael Collins.
Read more about this protest and what inspired it in Protest of Boeing Santa Susana Field Lab tour leads to potential discovery of new contamination.
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'Toxic Tours' motor coach getting ready to enter SSFL.
Demonstrators head towards bus which is empty.
Protesters at entrance to lab at intersection of Woolsey Canyon and Black Canyon roads.
The mother holding this sign has a daughter made seriously sick from drinking well water downhill from Rocketdyne.
Pro-cleanup activist holds protest sign in front of large Boeing tank near SSFL entrance.
Bus heads through controlled lab gate.
Security guard in pickup truck serves as cutoff in case protesters get through again.
Bus gets into Rocketdyne where it will find few passengers for the hot zone tour.
Protest sign refers to waiver Boeing makes guest hikers and bus riders sign before being allowed in.
Sign riffs off of then candidate Ronald Reagan's famous "There you go again" remark in 1980 Presidential debate with President Jimmy Carter. Reagan is buried nearby.
Cleanup activists came together from different backgrounds, teenagers to folks in their 90s.
These Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition activists have protested failure to remediate Rocketdyne at this very same spot for 28 years!
Protesters handed out information flyers to the few cars that showed up.
"Wild Bill" Bowling, Radiation Ranger and protester, finds possible antimony pipeline at demonstration.
Pipe corroded open potentially shows deadly antimony insulation that was subject of $11 million cleanup nearby in 2007.
After hearing the protesters and looking at their flyer, this driver headed away from SSFL.
This car blew through the stop sign and flew into SSFL.
This protest was even larger, louder and more colorful than even the preceding demo in April/
Ironically, this protester is standing about 100 feet from the antimony pipeline.
"Wild Bill" Bowling found this broken pipe outside SSFL's entrance during the August 6, 2016 demonstration and determined that it was the same deadly antimony material that he found nearby in 2007 that led to a $11 million cleanup.
Here, however, this potentially dangerous pipe sits out in the open outside Boeing's fence.
The pipe heads towards the lab entrance.
The pipeline is accessible to the public, many of which use the area for hiking, horseback riding and doing donuts in the street.
The antimony pipeline leads to SSFL's main gate.
These last four photos show how open and near to the public the antimony pipeline is - just feet away!
More demonstrations against Boeing's 'toxic tours' through the 'hot zone' will lead to more protests and more potential exposure to Boeing's newly discovered pipe possibly loaded with antimony insulation.