VA Nuclear Dump Gallery
On January 9, 2008, EnviroReporter.com noticed something extraordinary in the VA's nuclear and chemical dump in Brentwood. Emerging from the dirt of an eroding hillside in the dump were the tombstones of soldiers, disgarded illegally in a hot zone. Even after informing Senator Feinstein and her district director Trevor Daley, nothing has been done about these atomic tombstones.
<strong>THREE GALLERIES</strong> of Senator Diane Feinstein's visit to the West LA VA on January 16, 2008, a Veterans protest on March 9, 2008, and the proposed "National Veterans Park" December 11, 2008. These Veterans and Sen. Feinstein figure prominently in <em>EnviroReporter</em>'s ongoing coverage of the West LA VA.
<strong>FIVE GALLERIES</strong> of Millenium Consulting's testing of the Brentwood nuclear dump on November 30, December 2, 6, 7, and 8. <em>EnviroReporter.com</em> was surprised that the testing areas did not include the center of the mapped dump or a row of mounds so similar that they are obviously evidence of some form of human disturbance, such as burial of something. The "testing" appeared to be more for appearance than any scientifically-valid method of looking for buried radioactive debris according to several experts.
<strong>TWO GALLERIES</strong> of the then Los Angeles-based Committee to Bridge the Gap's efforts to locate the Brentwood Dump in the 1980s. "This was our only defeat," says Dan Hirsch, president of the nuclear watchdog group of early efforts to find the dump and have it characterized and remediated. Hirsch, at left in lab coat, leads a group looking for evidence of the biomedical nuclear and chemical dump in the early 1980s.
<strong>THREE GALLERIES</strong> of Atomic Energy Commission Reports, Human Radiation Experiments, and Atomic Bombs and Culture. Such was the hysteria generated by the threat of nuclear devastation during the Cold War, that the federal government's Atomic Energy Commission undertook a massive endeavor to test plants, animals and humans with radiation to guage its effects. The practice of testing on humans with radiation with no benefit to the "patient" was later condemned during President Clinton's administration in the mid-1990's.