Kinetics Experiment Water Boiler (KEWB) reactor was SSFL’s first nuclear reactor. KEWB used a water solution of uranyl sulfate as its nuclear fuel. Last operated in 1966. Dismantling KEWB began in January 1975 and its closure detailed here. (Click thumbnail to view entire photograph)
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“The [Former Sodium Disposal Facility], otherwise known as the “FSDF” or “Sodium Burn Pit”, was constructed in the early to middle 1950s and used to clean metallic sodium test components via direct contact with water,” reads a Department of Energy document on one of the most controversial and contaminated sites […]
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory’s 270-acre Area IV is dominated by the 90-acre Energy Technology Engineering Center where Rocketdyne’s nuclear work was performed. At the height of its activity, there were 270 numbered buildings on the site including over ten reactors, a “hot lab” where nuclear power plant fuel rods […]
50 years ago the Sodium Reactor Experiment meltdown that began on July 13, 1959 was spewing out 260 to 459 times more radiation than Three Mile Island’s meltdown in 1979.
EnviroReporter.com has discovered evidence that Boeing-supplied documents contain false data about Runkle Canyon, which is downhill from nuclear Area IV of former Rocketdyne.
Worst meltdown in U.S. history happened 30 miles northwest of L.A. for two weeks from July 13-26, 1959. Meltdown spewed hundreds of times more radiation than Three Mile Island in 1979.
Denise Anne Duffield, my multi-award-winning website designer, editor and better half, pulls out all the stops in this redesign for 2009. The website has since significantly evolved.
Marge Brown, former juvenile probation officer and opera singer, has vocalized for a complete cleanup of Rocketdyne even as she’s tried to appease astroturfers opposed to it.
CORPORATE POINTE LATEST NEWS (3 POSTS) EnviroReporter.com The latest news on our investigation of the Corporate Pointe West Hills facility in West Hills, California. Critics contend that radiological and chemical contamination have not been completely cleaned up. CORPORATE POINTE DOCUMENTS EnviroReporter.com An extensive collection of documents and links related to […]
The EnviroReporter.com interview – July 11, 2009 Michael Rose is a successful Los Angeles-based documentarian. His company, Michael Rose Productions, Inc., has produced over 200 documentaries for outlets in the US (PBS, The History Channel, the Travel Channel and others) that are seen in over 40 countries. Rose is also […]
The EnviroReporter.com interview – June 25, 2009 John Pace is the last known surviving person who was at the Sodium Reactor Experiment during those fateful weeks in July 1959 when the America’s worst nuclear meltdown occurred. Just twenty when he started working at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Pace, 70, […]
The 50th anniversary of the worst nuclear reactor disaster in U.S. history happened just outside of Los Angeles July 13-26, 1959 and still resonates today. READ “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon – 50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Accident Holds Up Land Development” in the LA Weekly where EnviroReporter.com‘s Michael […]
Photographs of the worst nuclear reactor disaster in U.S. history that happened just outside of Los Angeles July 13-26, 1959. The top center photograph was taken by John Pace, an eyewitness to the Sodium Reactor Experiment meltdown. “This is a picture of the men trying to unstick the second fuel […]
[KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands] Newest to oldest videos in descending order. More videos at EnviroReporter.com‘s YouTube channel. 2016 New videos coming. 2008 Filmmaker Brigham Maher’s Corrupted Nature documentary series examines the sordid history of Runkle Canyon’s bordering neighbor, the Santa Susana […]
Before the December 12, 2012 EPA meeting in Simi Valley, California, where the agency tried to explain how it had burned through $41.5 million for the radiation testing of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, clean up Rocketdyne activists and community members held a press conference. Dan Hirsch, […]
EnviroReporter.com did not receive an invitation to this event though we managed to get the particulars and attend. We wanted to ask Sen. Feinstein if she knew about the veterans’ tombstones in the West LA VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump. The press release to the event read: Senator Feinstein […]