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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 […]


Former Rocketdyne employee and cancer survivor battles for radiation worker compensation

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – July 8, 2010
The eyes of Bonnie Klea are extraordinarily bright and unblinking. There is no trace of self-pity for her courageous fight against bladder cancer, now in remission, or her years-long battle with Boeing, […]


Critics say NASA is taking a giant leap backwards by irradiating monkeys in space-travel tests

By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – February 25, 2010
The future of manned space exploration was revealed Feb. 1 when President Obama unveiled his 2011 budget request for NASA. The president proposed ending the Constellation program, an initiative […]

Mike Sander Interview

As part of our research for part two of the cover story “Space Monkey Business” (Pasadena Weekly – February 25, 2010) we interviewed Mike Sander of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Quotes from this interview were used in “We Robot” published the following week.
Our February 17 interview appears after Sander’s […]

Space Monkey Business Q & A

The Pasadena Weekly‘s Michael Collins submitted a list of questions for Dr. Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital on February 16, 2010 regarding his NASA experiments on 18 squirrel monkeys, the subject of our “Space Monkey Business” cover story in the paper February 25. Bergman referred the questions, which follow, to […]

Space Monkey Business

Space Monkey Business

Critics say NASA is taking a giant leap backwards by irradiating monkeys in space-travel tests designed to simulate intense radiation astronauts would experience in voyages to Mars.


Human error helped worsen a nuclear meltdown just outside Los Angeles, and now human inertia has stymied the radioactive cleanup for half a century.
By Joan Trossman Bien and Michael Collins
Miller-McCune – August 24, 2009

For Release Saturday A.M., August 29, 1959
“During an inspection of fuel elements on July 26 […]


Historic dumping grounds beneath the spectacular VA land finally get tested.

LA Weekly – December 10, 2009
Several days ago, men wearing radiation dosimeters stood on the Veteran Administration’s West Los Angeles property, atop an old toxic dump that partially underlies Barrington Recreation Center’s baseball fields and a city dog park, and […]


With Bush’s manned space initiative headed for the chopping block, why is NASA nuking monkeys? – February 1, 2010
The future of manned space exploration may be revealed Monday when President Obama unveils his 2011 budget request for NASA. The budget’s approval by Congress may also determine the future of 28 […]

NASA's Monkey Business

NASA’s Monkey Business

President Obama’s 2011 budget request for NASA may determine the future of 28 squirrel monkeys and renewed animal radiation experiments, which we discovered weren’t even needed.

Collins to VA Questions 12-16-09

[Note that this version of Michael Collins’ questions for the VA includes redacted identifiers that were not in the original December 16, 2009 letter.]
Mr. Eric Gutierrez
Office of Public and Consumer Affairs
(310) 478-3711 Ext. XXXX
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Hi Eric,
Thanks for calling yesterday offering to provide information, presumably relating to […]

Grave Mistakes

Grave Mistakes

Despite outrage over soldiers’ tombstones disposed of VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump in Brentwood, $1 million Phase II testing for toxins begins. VA ducks questions.

VA Nuclear Dump Second Phase Testing 12-2-09

Before visiting the dump for the third day of coring, returned to Barrington Dog Park, part of which lies over the dump according to VA nuke dump maps. In late 2006, the southern field of the dog park was covered in fresh grass. The area over the dump is […]


Rocketdyne lab remediation left in limbo
By Michael Collins
(Ventura County Reporter – November 19, 2009)

Boeing’s filing of a federal complaint on Friday the 13th against the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control over cleaning up the monstrously polluted Santa Susana Field Lab was no tardy Halloween […]


Simi Valley residents unite to fight ‘hot’ KB Home development in Runkle Canyon
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – September 28, 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 […]


A popular Brentwood dog park on Veterans Administration property is built over an old radioactive waste dump that may soon be unearthed by proposed development
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat – May 25, 2006
SUVs and luxury sedans glide into the Barrington Dog Park just south of Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, where […]

Darkness Over the Land

Darkness Over the Land

A rowdy romp with a cast of characters whose devotion to their earthly paradise is devilishly delightful. Their sizzling tales shed light on the hottest, lowest land in North America.


A Love Story
By Michael Collins – November 18, 2009

The October moon rose over the Funeral Mountains and shed its ghostly light upon Darkness. She was perched on a sun burnt spit of land above the salt pan, a dark angel ready for flight. Her black wings cast a long shadow […]