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ACME Runkle Canyon Comments

ACME Runkle Canyon Comments

Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education’s founder and director Bill Bowling says that the Runkle Canyon cleanup plan is inadequate and doesn’t address toxic trichlorethylene being found on the property. Bowling calls out city of Simi Valley for not caring about issue and says that developer KB Home has a questionable environmental track record including building on land without removing unexploded bombs from a former bombing range.

"MELTDOWNS AND HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS"

“MELTDOWNS AND HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS”

The Joan Trossman Bien/Miller-McCune Interview with Committee to Bridge the Gap – July 8, 2009
(Bien conducted this interview as part of our co-bylined August 24, 2009 Miller-McCune article “50 Years After America’s Worst Nuclear Meltdown – Human error helped worsen a nuclear meltdown just outside Los Angeles, and now human inertia has stymied the radioactive [...]

Railroading Runkle Canyon?

Railroading Runkle Canyon?

The Radiation Rangers ask why it sounds like the cleanup plan for Runkle Canyon is being decided without public input by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Considering the stakes in the controversial canyon, where KB Home hopes to build 461 residences, the Rangers are demanding answers. Special week-long report.

Cleanup Rocketdyne Runkle Canyon Comments

Cleanup Rocketdyne Runkle Canyon Comments

Walsh’s 13 pages of “Comments on the Runkle Canyon Response Plan” include photographs and maps. This well-crafted document clearly illustrates Walsh’s concerns about the canyon. Her expertise and ability to crunch numbers, analyze data, and conceptualize how it all stacks up in the grand scheme of things are remarkable.

Coup de Goo

Coup de Goo

As we continue our “Railroading Runkle Canyon?” series, the Department of Toxic Substances Control replaces Rocketdyne and Runkle Canyon’s cleanup project manager criticized by the Radiation Rangers in the series. Surprise move shocks community reeling from simultaneous revelations that Boeing has not signed off on the cleanup agreement that will cost hundreds of millions.

Who Are These People?

Who Are These People?

Some of these folks are sparkling writers like Joan Trossman Bien, D’Lanie Blaze, and Margery Brown. Others are devoted activists like Christina Walsh and Bill Bowling, people who are making the continued development and expansion of EnviroReporter.com so exciting.

“Your journalistic practices”

“Your journalistic practices”

“Dear Mr. Collins – without getting into the content of your story, I’d like to point out to you that your quote from Ms. Winger on our staff was so badly twisted out of context that it is utterly meaningless,” began the rant that we were about to read that confirmed to us what we have found wanting in the councilman’s office — competence and follow-through.

Goo To Go

Goo To Go

There is an estimated one million cubic yards of contaminated soil on the site, which suffered the worst meltdown in American history in 1959. Over 74,000 truckloads of toxic cargo could rumble through the San Fernando Valley over the lifetime of the cleanup, scheduled for completion in 2017.

The Gloves Come Off

“What you don’t know is that in these secret negotiations that have gone on the last seven months, DOE, NASA, and Boeing have been resisting complying with that law and attempting to break the promise that they made to the Congress.”

Blow In Place

Blow In Place

Does the state toxic department’s $46 million Aerojet Chino Hills cleanup plan go far enough? Missing munitions, untested groundwater, depleted uranium issues and radiation possibly running off the Cold War-era weapons facility into the headwaters of the Santa Ana River are concerns.

MELTDOWN MAN

MELTDOWN MAN

The EnviroReporter.com interview – June 25, 2009
John Pace is the last known surviving person who was at the Sodium Reactor Experiment during those fateful weeks in July 1959 when the America’s worst nuclear meltdown occurred. Just twenty when he started working at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Pace, 70, is now retired and lives with [...]

Brentwood School

North of the main dumping area lies VA land leased to Brentwood School. A VA-funded study in 2005 said, on pages 62-64, that there was nuclear waste buried on the property there and that either the parents didn’t know about it or didn’t care. Now they know.
A 2000 ash map shows where three deposits [...]

City retests Runkle 7-02-07

After the Los Angeles CityBeat & ValleyBeat cover story “The Radiation Rangers” came out June 21, 2007, the City of Simi Valley decided to go up Runkle Canyon and test it for itself. This testing for Title 22 hazardous metals, which includes the arsenic, nickel and vanadium found at shocking levels by the Rangers [...]

White Blight Chromium – March 26 and June 10, 2008

On March 26, 2008, Radiation Rangers “Fearless Frank” Serafine and “The Good Reverend John” Southwick visited Runkle Canyon and found a strange sight – thousands of white rocks and what appeared to be some kind of white evaporate or precipitate covering large swaths of land. Southwick called EnviroReporter.com by cell phone from the canyon. [...]

THE VALLEY’S GALAXY OF GOO

City planners make a slick zone change for easy building on toxic lands
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – March 5, 2009
West Hills resident Bonnie Klea is vivacious and no-nonsense. She won a battle over a rare bladder cancer diagnosed in 1995, and has long suspected the toxins that taint a big piece of land near her [...]

SSFL Area IV – SNAP

EnviroReporter.com wrote about the SNAP reactor’s two partial meltdowns in a September 23, 2004 Ventura County Reporter article entitled “In Hot Water – More good news about contamination from your friends at Rocketdyne,” where it was noted:
“At the meeting last week, Rocketdyne divulged that two new wells had high levels of tritium registering approximately 82,000 [...]

SSFL Area IV – Gallery E – Buildings 4029, 4030, 4055, 4064, 4093 & 4100

(Click thumbnail to view entire photograph)
“The Radiation Measurements Facility (Building 4029) was used between 1959 and 1974 for the storage and use of radioactive sources to calibrate radiation detection instruments for the SRE and other reactor tests,” according to the DOE. “In March, 1964, a radium source was dropped in a storage thimble; the plastic [...]

Corporate Point Documents & Links

Newest to oldest, generally, in descending order:
August 7, 2009
Los Angeles City Council votes 12-0 to ratify Corporate Pointe at West Hills ordnance and resolution green-lighting developer Trammell Crow’s development without having an Environmental Impact Report done. Site rezoned which allows higher limits for radiological, chemical and heavy metals. EnviroReporter.com‘s “Eating Trammell Crow?” and “Your journalistic [...]

‘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 [...]

Waxman Document 80

This document is also available on Congressman Waxman’s website here.

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 [...]

Waxman Document 77

This document is also available on Congressman Waxman’s website here.

This 530-page file includes numerous reports from the 1960s on and provides a great deal of information that previously had only been available in hard copy. Following are snippets and comments about parts of this multi-document PDF that are of particular interest including information that the [...]

Waxman Veterans Administration nuke dump documents

On August 8, 2007, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) provided EnviroReporter.com, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press the link to a page on Waxman’s website that contains 86 documents with over 5,600 pages of material on the West Los Angeles VA. These VA-related documents, given to Waxman by the now former Secretary of [...]

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 [...]

ROCKETDYNE’S RED GLARE

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 and chemical experimentation at the [...]

UCLA STUDY BURNS ROCKETDYNE

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 were grim: Increased rates of [...]