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OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES POSTS (Dozens from 2009 to present)

Dozen of stories covering a panoply of issues including Farmers Field and the case of the missing perchlorate numbers in its EIR, Fracking Chemical Cocktail’s quest to frack the whole country, trichloroethylene in pepper sparay and space primate expose that helped halt radiation experiments at NASA on squirrel monkeys are just some of the award-winning pieces here.

BlackSwanSONGSBLACK SWAN SONGS
EnviroReporter.com Special Investigation – October 14, 2013
A special four-part EnviroReporter.com investigative series reveals that even though the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) was permanently shuttered in June 2013, its security posture is questionable at best and possibly not robust enough to withstand a concerted terrorist attack.

WHAT’S IN PEPPER SPRAY?
LA Weekly – February 23, 2012

Carcinogens trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) are in pepper sprays sold in California with no Prop. 65 warnings. Sprays sold all over the country. True Value and Do It Best hardware stores sell PCE-based pepper sprays at the Southern California stores with no warnings.

SCHWARZENEGGER’S CHEMICAL ROMANCE
L.A. Weekly – December 9, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legacy as the “green governor” looks to have gotten some goo in the works in his final days in office, when he signed off on a Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) plan that environmentalists assailed as gutting his Green Chemistry Initiative.


WE, ROBOT
Pasadena Weekly – March 4, 2010
Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, home of America’s greatest robotic explorations of the heavens, isn’t sold on deep-sixing the manned space program.


SPACE MONKEY BUSINESS
Pasadena Weekly – February 25, 2010
Critics say NASA is taking a giant leap backwards by irradiating monkeys in space-travel tests. Part one of a two-part cover story about the future of the manned space program as well as 18 squirrel monkeys.

NASA’s MONKEY BUSINESS
EnviroReporter.com – February 1, 2010
NASA’s dream of colonizing the Moon and traveling on to Mars seems more distant than ever. Why then is the space agency going to nuke dozens of squirrel monkeys for a now axed program?

DarknessDARKNESS OVER THE LAND
EnviroReporter.com – November 18, 2009
Darkness leads a cast of characters into Death Valley as EnviroReporter.com looks for gooey leads in the desert but finds a whole lot more in this love story.


JOE CIRINCIONE – THIRD DEGREE INTERVIEW
Los Angeles CityBeat - June 12, 2008
The nuclear arms proliferation and terrorism expert explains the dangerous state of affairs in the world today and points to signs that the next Administration will have a more positive and constructive nuclear policy.


Dawn Wilde in TronaDAWN IN DESERT WONDERLAND
Los Angeles CityBeat – September 13, 2007
Dawn Wilde shows how environmentalists can be dirtier than the worst polluters in this raunchy road tale.


FISHBACK MOUNTAIN
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – November 16, 2006
One man calls his project on the L.A./Ventura border the pursuit of a dream home, but others just see an illegal solid waste dump.


Smoke on the WaterSMOKE ON THE WATER
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – November 2, 2006
Proposition 84 promises much-needed water cleanup in the San Fernando Valley, but is still struggling to get traction.


THE DIRT ON OUR DIRT
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – August 3, 2006
The Military Tour of Southern California oozes that Outer Limits Cold War essence.


THAT HEALTHY GLOW
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – August 3, 2006
Radiation? A Health Tonic! The history of L.A.’s radium rage.



DR. BENNETT RAMBERG – THIRD DEGREE INTERVIEW
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – June 15, 2006
The terrorism and nuclear proliferation expert on how the Iranian impasse could be resolved by putting the country on probation



DUMB AND DUMBER
Ventura County Reporter – January 20, 2005
Protecting kids from perchlorate isn’t rocket science.





JPL water remediationUPPING THE ANTE
Pasadena Weekly – January 20, 2005
National Academy of Sciences report reignites debate on danger of perchlorate.



JPL water remediation system in 2006WATERED DOWN
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – January 20, 2005
National Academy of Sciences report reignites debate on danger of perchlorate.




A RARE PRIZE
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – January 3, 2005
Gillette property could fill ‘donut hole’ in Santa Monica Mountains park system.



VICTORY AT SEA
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 30, 2004
With new signings, the Governator throws a line to California’s coast.



CRUISING OVER TROUBLED WATERS
Ventura County Reporter – September 23, 2004
New California legislation may mean cleaner cruise liners.



Trickles of HopeTRICKLES OF HOPE
Pasadena Weekly – February 12, 2004
Polluters attempt to water down state and federal standards for perchlorate contamination.



Dirty water cleaned at Jet Propulsion LaboratoryDIRTY WATER
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – February 12, 2004
Polluters attempt to derail state’s new standards for rocket fuel oxidizer in drinking water.


Space Shuttles ignites 771 tons of perchloratePERCHLORATE’S PREGNANT PAUSE
Ventura County Reporter – January 5, 2004
Polluters are attempting to abort the state’s new standards.




SHIP OF STOOLS
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – November 26, 2003
Ocean activists target sewage dumping by Royal Caribbean ‘sludge boats’.




Pouring it on in the field of toxic dreamsFIELD OF TOXIC DREAMS
Ventura County Reporter – November 20, 2003
Health advocates push for pesticide prevention.

Kiddie BeachKIDDIE BEACH

Ventura County Reporter – January 30, 2003
The most polluted beach in the county is this one which will get a $1.5 million cleanup.


Seabridge in Oxnard is offering deep discountsUNSAFE HARBOR
Ventura County Reporter – January 30, 2003
A new 708-residence development is slated for building on 135 acres near Ventura Harbor. “Seabridge” includes beaches that won’t have proper tides to self-cleanse.

Early JPL rocketsPARSONS’ POISONOUS POSTERITY
Pasadena Weekly – January 10, 2002
A half-century after his death, Jack Parsons’ twisted legacy lives on in the toxic soup his experiments created — and still hasn’t been cleaned up. [Part 2 of 2]



EVIL MINDS
Pasadena Weekly – January 3, 2002
As he was developing the highly toxic chemicals that would launch America into space, Pasadena’s Jack Parsons was ingesting cocaine, morphine and other drugs in his own earthly world of orgies, incest and Satanism. [Part 1 of 2]

Scanning recycled metal for radiationSPOONGLOW
Pasadena Weekly – December 27, 2001
It’s all about savings in the billion-dollar recycled radiation business.



San Onofre Nuclear Station Units 2 & 3RADIATING FEAR
LA Weekly – November 7, 2001
In dire need of a plan to protect nuclear power plants. Nuclear reactor sabotage expert Dr. Bennett Ramberg is concerned about poorly-guarded plants as terrorist targets.


FRANKENDUMP
LA Weekly – October 28, 1999
Environmentalists and Sen. Barbara Boxer assail the pro-nuclear composition of the state committee charged with coming up with an alternative to the Ward Valley nuclear dump in the Mojave Desert.


Ward ValleyDUMP DA DUMP
LA Weekly – April 15, 1999
The proposed Ward Valley nuclear dump is near death, but how much will taxpayers have to shell out to bury it?


CRASH AND BURN
LA Weekly – March 18, 1999
New California cigarette and tobacco taxes inadvertently precipitate a burgeoning black market that includes robberies and burglaries. Smokers say they are overtaxed while non-smokers advocate even higher taxes for the number one California environmental litter nuisance – cigarette butts, 2.1 billion pounds of which were discarded worldwide in 1998.



Mud dwelling in Hysperia California-thumbMUD DWELLINGS
Los Angeles magazine – December 1998
Nader Khalili’s “superadobe” structure in Hysperia, California, use primitive technologies to create futuristic dwelling made from the earth they are built upon.



Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power StationUTILITY PROPHETS
LA Weekly – October 29, 1998
Money isn’t everything, but opponents of Proposition 9, the statewide ballot measure that would require a 20 percent rollback in electricity rates, are hoping it’s enough to crush the initiative.

Saint Francis Dam-thumbI ENVY THE DEAD
Los Angeles magazine – December 1997
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power legend William Mulholland’s career ended in tragedy and disgrace over collapsed St. Francis Dam that killed hundreds in 1929.

ZAP bicycle-thumbZAP
Los Angeles magazine – December 1997
One of the first electric bicycles on the market got over 15 miles on a charge and went up to 20 miles per hour.





Greenpeace demonstrating against nuclear power in Lille FranceTHINK GLOBALLY, DISAPPEAR LOCALLY
LA Weekly – August 15, 1997
Greenpeace under fire for cost-cutting closures and losing its focus on grassroots work.


Parfrey Jonathan-thumbJONATHAN PARFREY
Los Angeles magazine – December 1996
Former anti-nuke activist, now DWP commissioner, is profiled.


MURPHY RANCH
Los Angeles magazine – December 1996
A $4 million Nazi fifth column lair on parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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