Search Results for 'nuclear'

UTILITY PROFITS

By Michael Collins
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. Among those furiously funneling cash to “Californians Against Higher Taxes,” (which morphed into the “No on 9 Committee”) [...]

DUMP DA DUMP

DUMP DA DUMP

By Michael Collins
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? That’s the big question after U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ruling that the federal government doesn’t have to turn over 1,000 acres of Mojave desert, 19 miles [...]

FRANKENDUMP

FRANKENDUMP

By Michael Collins
(LA Weekly – October 28, 1999)
Environmentalists and Sen. Barbara Boxer are assailing the pro-nuclear composition of the state committee charged with coming up with an alternative to the absurd, and now abandoned, Ward Valley nuclear dump in the Mojave Desert. Nuclear waste generators, medical, academic and industrial, outnumber environmentalist and Native American opponents [...]

RADIATING FEAR

RADIATING FEAR

In dire need of a plan to protect nuclear power plants
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – November 7, 2001
Governor Gray Davis drew ire last week for releasing a confidential FBI warning that four of California‘s bridges could be terrorist targets. The governor, it seemed, was doing too much in the “war on terrorism.” For some time, [...]

SPOONGLOW

SPOONGLOW

It’s all about savings in the multi-billion-dollar recycled radiation business
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – December 27, 2001
My neighbor stared intensely at her silverware, eyes bulging. Then she glowered at me. “You mean that this could be radioactive?”
Whipping out my Geiger-Counter, this lady’s utensils registered “hot,” meaning that her eating implements had more than a [...]

EVIL MINDS

EVIL MINDS

As he was developing the highly explosive and 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 and Satanism
Part 1 of 2
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – January 3, 2002

“Only in the irrational and unknown direction can we come to [...]

PARSONS' POISONOUS POSTERITY

PARSONS’ POISONOUS POSTERITY

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
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – January 10, 2002
“And all who accept me the ANTICHRIST and the law of the BEAST 666, shall be accursed and their joy shall [...]

DR. BENNETT RAMBERG – 3rd DEGREE INTERVIEW

This interview appeared in Los Angeles CityBeat June 15, 2006

The international dispute over Iran’s fledgling nuclear program has reached an impasse, and, shockingly, the Bush administration’s response has been more carrot than stick. Just a week ago, the U.S. offered Iran a package of economic and diplomatic incentives in the hopes that this would resolve [...]

THE DIRT ON OUR DIRT

Roll up, roll up for the military toxicity tour
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – August 3, 2006
Southern California is seasonally inundated with tour buses plying the streets of Hollywood and the homes of entertainment stars. But a new tour, begun this summer, takes the curious to places far hotter and more significant: the Military Tour [...]

JOE CIRINCIONE – 3rd DEGREE INTERVIEW

A shorter version of this interview appeared in Los Angeles CityBeat June 12, 2008

When Joe Cirincione talks, people listen, and you would too when the ever-articulate president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, holds forth on The Bomb. And hold forth he did in Santa Monica June 8 at the annual gala of [...]

ROCKETDYNE’S RED GLARE

ROCKETDYNE’S RED GLARE

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – December 9, 1998

Pulling up to Simi Valley City Hall the morning of October 21, EPA staffer Vicky Semones was counting on a quiet, efficient work meeting. Her job was to coordinate the scientists, public officials and community representatives monitoring the cleanup from decades of nuclear and chemical experimentation at the [...]

TOTAL RECALL

TOTAL RECALL

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – December 9,1998

“Start talking to the former employees — those who are left alive — that have not contracted cancer,” former Rocketdyne technician Dan Parks implored at the June 24 meeting of the Santa Susana Field Interagency Work Group. A lifelong resident of Simi Valley, Parks worked for Rocketdyne’s Radiation [...]

MELTDOWN MONEY

MELTDOWN MONEY

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – December 23, 1998

Imagine giving someone millions of dollars for doing a bad job. That’s what Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson did on December 15 when he awarded aerospace giant Boeing $148.5 million to complete cleanup efforts at its Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory by 2006.
Among the more creative reasons Department [...]

UCLA STUDY BURNS ROCKETDYNE

UCLA STUDY BURNS ROCKETDYNE

Cancer rates elevated among space-lab workers
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – April 21, 1999

The other gooey shoe dropped last week in Simi Valley. UCLA’s School of Public Health released its long-term study of Rocketdyne employees exposed to a soup of toxic chemicals while working on the company’s giant rocket test-stands.
The results were grim: Increased rates of [...]

STATE STAINED IN ROCKETDYNE SCANDAL

STATE STAINED IN ROCKETDYNE SCANDAL

Watchdog agency under fire for colluding with space firm
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – May 5, 1999
The controversy over potential toxic contamination of workers and the community surrounding Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Simi Valley is now threatening to engulf a state agency charged with monitoring inquiries into the aerospace giant.
Assembly Members Sheila Kuehl (D– [...]

ROCKET SLIME

ROCKET SLIME

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – July 8, 1999

It’s been more than a decade since Rocketdyne shut down its nuclear-test site to focus on cleaning up the toxic goo contaminating its sprawling compound between Chatsworth and Simi Valley. The cleanup has been a long, slow process, with the aerospace giant fighting for ludicrously lenient standards every [...]

ROCKETDYING

ROCKETDYING

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – October 14, 1999

Military-industrial giant Rocketdyne has been reeling the last few weeks from a barrage of negative publicity about pollution problems at its Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer has demanded a more stringent cleanup at the San Fernando/ Simi valleys–straddling site.
And Channel 2 News produced a [...]

ROCKETDYNE RUNAROUND

ROCKETDYNE RUNAROUND

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – January 11, 2000

This week, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an unprecedented invitation to community activists to tour three former Rocketdyne nuclear buildings to observe an environmental survey for radioactive contamination.
The media was invited as well to the site in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando [...]

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Simi Valley’s Rocketdyne facility was blasted by 50 years of rocket engines and nuclear reactor meltdowns, leaving a toxic disaster atop what residents call “The Hill.” Runoff may be poisoning Southland residents. And now the government just broke a promise to clean it up.
By Michael Collins and Sharon McKenna
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – June 12, 2003

Simi [...]

THE SINS OF ROCKETDYNE

By Michael Collins and Sharon McKenna
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – July 3, 2003
Last week’s news that the toxic chemical perchlorate was found gurgling from a groundwater well, nearly a mile outside the northern border of the Rocketdyne facility, shocked many Simi and San Fernando valley residents. But former Rocketdyne worker Lynwood Sibley was hardly surprised. Sibley [...]

IN HOT WATER

IN HOT WATER

More good news about contamination from your friends at Rocketdyne
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – September 23, 2004

With new revelations coming almost monthly, the scope of the toxic mess at the Rocketdyne aerospace complex in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi valleys continues to grow. Radiological and chemical pollution at the vast Santa [...]

RADIATING OUTWARD

RADIATING OUTWARD

More good news about contamination from your friends at Rocketdyne
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 27, 2004

With new revelations coming almost monthly, the scope of the toxic mess at the Rocketdyne aerospace complex in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi valleys continues to grow. Radiological and chemical pollution at the vast Santa [...]

PIPE DREAMS

Plans to store contaminated water under Ahmanson Ranch raise environmental concerns
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – February 24, 2005
The deluge of rain soaking Southern California hasn’t washed away the problems of a scant water supply throughout the region. Now a plan to bank reclaimed water in eastern Ventura County has raised concerns that it could [...]

SOUR SATISFACTION

Boeing settles massive lawsuit over the Valley’s heavily polluted Rocketdyne site
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – October 6, 2005
For years, the residents of Simi Valley and western San Fernando Valley towns adjacent to Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) have claimed that the troubled site, polluted with myriad high-level toxins – including the remains of [...]

THE PROMISED LAND

THE PROMISED LAND

Gov. Schwarzenegger terminates the uncertainty of Rocketdyne cleanup with historic move that keeps California in charge – for now
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 24, 2008
It was a move as deft as any he has ever made in his action films, this time potentially saving countless real lives. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger empowered the state’s [...]