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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Ventura County imposes testing for development within two miles of Rocketdyne By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – August 12, 2004 The battle over managing toxics at Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory took a historic turn last week with a victory for environmentalists seeking to protect future neighbors of the […]
Citizen-inspired remediation starts at lab-adjacent Sage Ranch By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – November 21, 2007 The Boeing workers in the otherworldly suits looked out of place trudging through the dry creek bed that separates Sage Ranch Park and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Nov. 20. Outfitted in head-to-toe […]
The battle over the massive Ahmanson Ranch housing development heats up amid growing concerns about possible water and soil contamination from nearby Rocketdyne. By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – December 12, 2002 July 1959. Eastern Ventura County. Simi Valley folks squirmed uncomfortably in their chairs as they watched their flickering […]
[KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands] The Workgroup meeting is held quarterly at the Simi Valley Cultural Center. The discussion topics were the status of State Senate Bill 990 sponsored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenneger […]
Special thanks for the use of many of these images to the Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education, Rocketdyne Archives, H2OhNo!!!, the Department of Toxic Substances Control and Department of Energy, as well as various municipal, state and federal government agencies.
In an historic move to maintain California’s control of SSFL cleanup, Cal/EPA Secretary Linda Adams says agency opposes federal Superfund listing for contaminated site.
ROCKETDYNE LATEST NEWS (Dozens of Posts) Comprehensive coverage of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, home of the nation’s worst meltdown and astronomical contamination. ROCKETDYNE PHOTO GALLERY Photographs and maps of Rocketdyne then and now. Extensive collection unique for this historic Hot Zone. SELECTED ARTICLES & SERIES: CHINA SYNDROME TOWN EnviroReporter.com […]
Department of Toxics Substances Control begins massive cleanup of Rocketdyne dump next to Sage Ranch State Park. Debris field includes cancerous asbestos and pipes lined with toxic antimony.
The story of Runkle Canyon and the fight against what turned out to be called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands is far from over. More revelations are surfacing. EnviroReporter.com broke the Runkle Canyon contamination story in Los Angeles CityBeat with “Neighborhood Threat” March 10, 2005. Soon an amazing group of […]