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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

HOT ZONE

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly “Offbeat” column – November 9, 2000

OffBeat was sitting at home last month, when the phone rang. Jonathan Parfrey, of the Los Angeles branch of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was on the line. “Aerojet’s on fire!” he blurted out. As longtime reporters on hazardous contamination at the […]