Faced with a community incensed by EPA chucking out its own background standards, the EPA held its own meeting December 12 at the Grande Vista in Simi Valley. This time DTSC tagged along with the federal agency. Television crews swarmed the hotel lobby looking for concerned folks to interview. They found no shortage of community members as well as a squad of active astroturfers doing Boeing’s bidding. Amazingly, but not surprisingly because of the monies probably involved, Makeover Earth’s Gary Polakovic showed up even as his Boeing meltdown makeover plan had been exposed in the Daily News and EnviroReporter.com.
The meeting mirrored the December 5 DTSC show, where supposed experts tried to convince the audience that while they could detect background levels of radiation and establish a baseline over which remediation is required, they couldn’t guarantee that DTSC could. Therefore, according to this twisted logic, it was necessary to toss the background numbers and come up with an incomprehensible formula that would result in vastly higher cleanup levels. The only difference, however, was the EPA consumed $41.5 million to come up with none of the requirements they were charged with: determining background and mapping out where was the contaminated soil and groundwater.
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Dan Hirsch and Dr. Robert Dodge at a press conference before EPA and DTSC presentations.
The men and three members of the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition participated.
Japanese media covered the event because of SSFL's history of partial meltdowns.
Activist Bonnie Klea aka The Atomic Avenger and KCBS's Dave Bryan
KCBS Channel 2 interviews Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition.
Chris Rowe, an unabashed cleanup opponent, was the subject of an EnviroReporter.com exposé entitled Meltdown Denier in 2009.
Gary Polakovic, right, tells Dan Hirsch that he covered the issue fairly when he wrote for the LA Times, before becoming Boeing's PR man trying to sell SSFL as clean. Hirsch told him that made it all the more shameful. Polakovic's plan is the subject of Part One - "Greenwashing Rocketdyne."
Activist John Luker, featured in "Operation Astroturf", warmly greets Gary Polakovic and hams it up when he sees EnviroReporter.com.
EPA had a poster board setup showing the high hits throughout Area IV.
L-R- "Wild Bill" Bowling of ACME-LA and the Runkle Canyon "Radiation Rangers, Marie Mason and Holly Huff of the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition
DTSC SSFL Project Manager Mark Malinowski
DTSC SSFL project manager Mark Malinowski - William Preston Bowling
EPA's Andrew Bain told EnviroReporter. com that the agency achieved it objectives.
Dan Hirsch vows to find out who is behind the misappropriation of $41.5 million,
Makeover Earth's Vicki Cho Estrada and Gary Polakovic in foreground, Christina Walsh behind, and Dan Hirsch standing. Photo by William Preston Bowling.
L-R Vicki Cho Estrada, Christina Walsh, Gary Polakovic and others listen to Dan Hirsch inform the crowd of EPA's $41.5 SSFL radiation study debacle. Photo by William Preston Bowling
Makeover Earth's Gary Polakovic
Make Over Earth's Vicki Cho Estrada and Gary Polakovic
John C. Luker II is featured in "Operation Astroturf."