(Click thumbnail to view entire photograph) “During reactor test operations, it was often necessary to examine reactor fuel assemblies and other test specimens to determine how they were performing,” according to the Department of Energy. “This involved handling and examining highly radioactive items. These operations were done remotely in the […]
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(Click thumbnail to view entire photograph) “From 1957 through 1964, Building 4003 was used to assemble fuel for the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE),” according to the Department of Energy. “In Building 4003, uranium and thorium metal slugs were loaded into metal tubes, the remaining tube space was filled with sodium, […]
In Area II of SSFL is the Delta site, first constructed in 1957 for Thor engine testing and later modified for the Lance J-2 programs, including altitude testing. The area has also been used for the loading of propellant for Peacekeeper Stage IV. The DELTA 1 and 2 test stands […]
In 2004, Venice-based McDaniel Lambert, Inc. produced a United States Department of Energy (DOE) public presentation about the cleanup of the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) where extensive radioactive contamination remains from decades of nuclear work. The PowerPoint presentation was called “DOE Radiological Activities in Area IV” and described in […]
Michael Collins won First Place for 2002’s best Investigative/Series for papers under 100,000 circulation for his “Rocketdyne Ranch” expose in the Ventura County Reporter. Judges’ comments: A thorough and well-written report, which even included the reporter using his own nuclear radiation monitor to find radiation that had been overlooked in […]
The 49th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards Gala Dinner was held June 16, 2007 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. EnviroReporter.com took home the following awards: JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – (Print under 100K circulation) Michael Collins, Los Angeles CityBeat Judges’ comment: “First class journalism by a […]
The 50th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards Gala Dinner was held June 21, 2008 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. EnviroReporter.com took home some several awards. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS (Under 100,000 Circulation) — NEWS FEATURE Michael Collins, Ventura County Reporter, “Dirty Business” Judges’ comment: “Collins provides an unflinching […]
Congratulations Michael and Denise on two very impressive years at Enviroreporter. My involvement with you and Denise, as both a “Radiation Ranger” and a friend, has been very rewarding for me. A special thanks to you both for keeping this old brain working on all the scientific reporting you share […]
Denise Anne Duffield and I launched EnviroReporter.com in May 2006. In conjunction with Los Angeles CityBeat, we broke a five-year investigation called “Real Hot Property” about a forgotten nuclear dump on Veterans Administration land in Brentwood California. A story that hot deserved an even hotter website so we loaded up […]
On January 25, 2007, Michael Collins received a resolution from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in honor of his journalist achievements and career as an investigative reporter. The resolution was presented at the Los Angeles Press Club at a celebration of Michael’s 50th birthday and 24 years as an […]
Thirteen radionuclides involved: iodine-131, zinc-65, strontium-85, calcium-47, gold-198, iodine-125, cobalt-60, technetium 99m, copper-67, manganese-54, xenon 133, indium-113m and fluorine-18 UCLA-1. Early Experimental Imaging of the Thyroid Gland Using Iodine 131 IN 1951, the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a series of tests on humans to study the uptake of […]
Corporate Pointe in West Hills sits on 51 acres of an 81-acre former aerospace and nuclear-research facility once occupied by Hughes Missile Group, Rocketdyne, Atomics International and Raytheon Missile Systems. Expanse of land is riddled with heavy metal, chemical and radiological contamination. Maps show how site drains to Bell Creek […]
(Click each image to view larger photograph.) Corporate Pointe sits on 51 acres of an 81-acre former aerospace and nuclear-research facility once occupied by Hughes Missile Group, Rocketdyne, Atomics International and Raytheon Missile Systems. The expanse of land is riddled with heavy metal, chemical and radiological contamination.
Runkle Canyon radiation report spells trouble by Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – February 19, 2009 Nearly 50 people filled Simi Valley City Hall chambers late last month in a much-anticipated Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) meeting about environmental conditions in Runkle Canyon. The 1,595-acre property is where KB […]
L.A. planning rezones Corporate Pointe – former aerospace/nuclear research site in San Fernando Valley – lower standards for chemicals, radionuclides, heavy metals.
P. 11/76: “If significant amounts of medical debris were encountered, all activity in that areas would be suspended and a Health and Safety Plan (HSP) would be prepared. The HSP would delineate waste handling procedures, disposition and personel protection. Because medical debris was encountered during grading operations, a HSP was […]