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‘SIMI WE HAVE A PROBLEM’

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 Home hopes to build 461 homes. The […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 more significant: the Military Tour […]

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 at the annual gala of […]

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

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 ValleyBeat – June 12, 2003

Simi […]

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 Sibley was hardly surprised. Sibley […]

IN HOT WATER

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 pollution at the vast Santa […]

RADIATING OUTWARD

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 pollution at the vast Santa […]

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 raised concerns that it could […]

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 – including the remains of […]

HOT ZONE

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 defense-contracting giant’s Chino Hills installation, […]

ROCKETDYNE RANCH

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 black and white television sets. They stared in nervous […]

EARTHLY SECRETS

EARTHLY SECRETS

Ahmanson foes want ground-water tests
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – June 12, 2002

Elizabeth Crawford sits astride her black thoroughbred Rufus under a live oak on Ahmanson Ranch in eastern Ventura County, and gazes toward thousands of acres of golden hills. Seattle-based Washington Mutual‘s Ahmanson Land Company (ALC) wants to build 3,050 luxury manses on 2,783 acres […]

REAL HOT PROPERTY

REAL HOT PROPERTY

A popular Brentwood dog park on Veterans Administration property is build over an old radioactive waste dump that may soon be unearthed by proposed development.
by Michael Collins
EnviroReporter.com – May 18, 2006
SUVs and luxury sedans glide into the Barrington Dog Park parking lot just south of Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood. Industry types and soccer moms chatter […]

WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED

Brentwood dump contains radioactive remains from decades of animal and human tests
By Michael Collins
EnviroReporter.com – May 25, 2006
During the 1950 and 60s, both UCLA and the Veteran’s Administration were deeply engaged in the Atomic Age, doing their part for the Cold War by performing radiation experiments on a wide variety of animal and human subjects. […]

DIGGING UP THE DIRT

‘CityBeat’ expose on Brentwood nuke dump inspires calls for new investigations by local and federal officials
by Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – June 29, 2006
CityBeat’s five-year investigation into a nuclear and chemical dump on the northern reaches of Brentwood’s sprawling Veterans Administration campus has sparked widespread calls for further investigation that have now been taken up […]

HIDE AND SEEK

Brentwood School study finds no radiation on campus land leased from the VA, but bigger questions remain unanswered
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat — February 22, 2007
In a January 30 letter to the parents of students at Brentwood School, headmaster Dr. Michael D. Pratt revealed that the exclusive private establishment had hired two firms in December […]

NUKE ‘EM HIGH

Unearthing the VA dump’s dirty secrets raises more questions than answers
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat — August 16, 2007
On August 8, after months of wrangling, Congressman Henry Waxman finally released nearly 6,000 pages of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents related to the Brentwood nuclear and chemical dump. The L.A. Democrat has had the documents […]

VERY DIRTY LAUNDRY

VERY DIRTY LAUNDRY

A new report on L.A.’s nuked Rocketdyne site finally catches the attention of mainstream media
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat — October 12, 2006

A new five-year study of Boeing’s monstrously contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) sparked unprecedented mainstream print, radio, and television coverage last week. “Study Says Lab Meltdown Caused Cancer” blared an above-the-fold headline […]

HOT ZONE

Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory was on the frontlines of the Cold War. Now some who lived near “The Hill” say they share two distinctions: chronic illness and the unswerving belief that the lab caused it
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles magazine – June 1998
ON A HOT JULY NIGHT IN 1959, on flickering RCAs and Philcos and […]

THE HILLS HAVE EYES

THE HILLS HAVE EYES

Simi Valley residents unite to fight ‘hot’ KB Home development in Runkle Canyon
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 21, 2006

“I am not a tree hugger, an environmental activist, or an Erin Brockovich wannabe,” said Patricia Coryell before an August 21 meeting of the Simi Valley City Council. Coryell and about two dozen other concerned […]