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Nuclear Biomedical Waste Buried in Brentwood

Publish date: December 19, 2007
Last updated: December 21, 2007
Reporter’s NOTES – Hena Cuevas
I first interviewed environmental reporter Michael Collins in late 2006 about his reports on contamination at Runkle Canyon in Simi Valley, Calif. Back then, he mentioned something that peaked my interest. He told me that he was looking into an old nuclear dump [...]

Questions for Mr. Paul K. Chrencik of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Submitted by Michael Collins on Nov. 17, 2005
1. What is your title as the principle for PwC on the CARES project? What does your work entail?
2. The “Stage 1 Summary Report Appendix, Site: West Los Angeles” 129pp PDF document (“report”) dated September 13, 2005 was “produced under the scope of work and related terms and [...]

Phase I Report Analysis

This March 2, 2007 Final Radiological Inspection Report, submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs, was completed by Pleasant Hill-based Millennium Consulting Associates under the direction of Mr. Michael Noel CIH, an amiable gentleman who actually gained the trust of the community when he addressed it in late November 2006 before commencing with Phase I. [...]

THINK GLOBALLY, DISAPPEAR LOCALLY

THINK GLOBALLY, DISAPPEAR LOCALLY

Greenpeace under fire for cost-cutting closures
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – August 15, 1997
Environmental activists were in a state of shock last week when Greenpeace USA, the venerable ecowarrior organization, decided to close all its regional offices and hole up in its Washing¬ton, D.C., national headquarters. The July 30 press release announced the closure of 11 [...]

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 [...]

(UN)SAFE HARBOR

(UN)SAFE HARBOR

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 30, 2003
Lee Quaintance walks through a fertile field off of Victoria Avenue in Oxnard on an unseasonably warm January day. The rich brown dirt, used to grow lima beans, celery and a cornucopia agricultural products, gives off a pleasant smell in the heat. This 135 acre field is [...]

KIDDIE BEACH

KIDDIE BEACH

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 30, 2003
“WARNING! Runoff/Stormdrain water may cause illness – Avoid contact with ponded or flowing runoff and the area where runoff enters the ocean” reads the sign at Kiddie Beach in the Channel Islands Harbor. Since 1998, Kiddie Beach has had the unenvious distinction of being in the top [...]

FIELD OF TOXIC DREAMS

FIELD OF TOXIC DREAMS

Health advocates push for pesticide prevention
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – November 20, 2003
The Oxnard-based Wishtoyo Foundation is known for resurrecting respect for and knowledge of the Chumash culture that once extended from San Luis Obispo to Malibu. But the group, led by Mati Waiya, has now set its sights on more pressing problems facing [...]

SHIP OF STOOLS

SHIP OF STOOLS

Ocean activists target sewage dumping by Royal Caribbean ‘sludge boats’
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – November 26, 2003

They are called “cities on the sea,” ocean liners carrying up to 5,000 travelers on a cruise vacation of a lifetime. Pampered by gobs of buffet grub, casinos, nightclubs, spas, and every imaginable kind of trendy shop, passengers [...]

PERCHLORATE’S PREGNANT PAUSE

PERCHLORATE’S PREGNANT PAUSE

Polluters are attempting to abort the state’s new standards
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 5, 2004
Ammonium perchlorate was first used at the NASA-owned Jet Propulsion Laboratory, literally as rocket fuel. A rocket booster for the Space Shuttle contains over 1.3 million pounds of propellant, of which 70 percent is ammonium perchlorate. Potassium perchlorate is [...]

DIRTY WATER

DIRTY WATER

Polluters attempt to derail state’s new standards for rocket fuel oxidizer in drinking water
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – February 12, 2004
Pasadena has the dubious distinction of being the birthplace of the chemical perchlorate’s use as a rocket fuel oxidizer. Conceived at the NASA-owned Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a single rocket booster for the Space Shuttle [...]

TRICKLES OF HOPE

TRICKLES OF HOPE

Polluters attempt to water down state and federal standards for perchlorate contamination
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – February 12, 2004
Under the shadow of a $2 million claim for damages filed by the city of Pasadena in January over the cost of lost water resources due to the perchlorate contamination of a number of municipal water wells, [...]

CRUISING OVER TROUBLED WATERS

CRUISING OVER TROUBLED WATERS

New California legislation may mean cleaner cruise liners
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – September 23, 2004
Environmental victories can be few and far between but don’t tell that to Washington D.C.-based Oceana, a non-profit organization formed by actor Ted Danson. The group’s campaign against Royal Caribbean for its polluting ways paid off last May. The luxury [...]

VICTORY AT SEA

VICTORY AT SEA

With new signings, the Governator throws a line to California’s coast
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 30, 2004
Under President George W. Bush, environmental victories are getting fewer and further between, but don’t tell that to Washington, D.C.-based Oceana, a non-profit organization formed by actor Ted Danson. Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger delighted environmentalists by signing [...]

A RARE PRIZE

A RARE PRIZE

Gillette property could fill ‘donut hole’ in Santa Monica Mountains park system
By Michael Collins
(Los Angeles CityBeat – January 3, 2005)
The 588-acre Gillette Ranch, former home of shaving products magnate King illette, lies in a serene valley at the intersection of Las Virgenes Canyon and Mulholland Highway, a respite of coastal sage scrub and coast live [...]

WATERED DOWN

WATERED DOWN

National Academy of Science report rekindles hot debate over California’s perchlorate contamination
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – January 20, 2005
The January 10 release of a National Academy of Sciences report on the hazards of the rocket fuel oxidizer perchlorate has the defense and aerospace industry crowing while some environmentalists sing the blues. The report recommends [...]

UPPING THE ANTE

UPPING THE ANTE

National Academy of Sciences report reignites debate on danger of perchlorate
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – January 20, 2005
The Jan. 10 release of the National Academy of Sciences report on the hazards of perchlorate recommends national drinking water standards be radically more lax than those that the Environmental Protection Agency currently strives for, reigniting the [...]

DUMB AND DUMBER

DUMB AND DUMBER

Protecting kids from perchlorate isn’t rocket science
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 20, 2005
On Jan. 10, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report on the hazards of perchlorate that has the defense and aerospace industry crowing and some environmentalists singing the blues.
The NAS report recommends national drinking water standards that would be [...]

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 [...]