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Runkle Rousing

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is about to approve a Runkle Canyon cleanup response plan. Interestingly, the DTSC project manager for the KB Home/DTSC cleanup agreement, Norm Riley, said nothing about all the public comments he had received about the plan, including the Radiation Ranger response plan comments.

More Meltdown Man

“They had two broken fuel rods they had to remove from the reactor core with a cherry picker. The last one pulled and fell off the cherry picker and fell on the floor before they could get it into the lead cask, and contaminated the High Bay area.”

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.”

Meltdown Denier

Who has the time to actually go to a source when you can just be it yourself? And, say, shorten an article to 2,900 words and pawn it off on the editor who’ll do anything to get a rise, even having provocateurs impersonating reporters impersonating supposed sources to posit a revisionist version of a seminal event in Southern California.

Rocketdyne meeting tonight in Simi Valley

It’s likely that the Radiation Rangers will attend and may have questions of the panel about our revelations that Boeing claimed that no offsite testing had been done in Runkle Canyon and that it didn’t border the 2,850-acre lab, when the very same report showed otherwise.

Heart Attacks or H-Bombs?

It is beyond me how the New York Times could short-shrift this weapons-grade uranium hot news angle. The article practically presented an atomic physics lesson in how this cardiac drug is produced but glanced over the fact that in order to make the stuff, the whole world is put further at risk of nuclear proliferation.

Runkle Park – Build it and they will bum

Just who is in charge of Runkle Canyon? “The Good Reverend John” Southwick had the same question when he saw a July 16 Ventura County Star article about the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which is looking at a $1.5 million shortfall in its upcoming budget yet plans to drop $1.5 million on a “Runkle Park” with no mention of the pollution problems that led to a cleanup agreement between the state government and developer KB Home.

SSFL Area IV – KEWB Reactor

The Kinetics Experiment Water Boiler (KEWB) reactor was the first nuclear reactor to be operated at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. It was a small research reactor, using a water solution of uranyl sulfate as its nuclear fuel. Two different cores were used: the first core was a spherical tank, […]

SSFL Area IV – Sodium Burn Pit

“The [Former Sodium Disposal Facility], otherwise known as the “FSDR” or “Sodium Burn Pit”, was constructed in the early to middle 1950s and used to clean metallic sodium test components via direct contact with water,” reads a Department of Energy document on one of the most controversial and contaminated sites […]


The Santa Susana Field Laboratory’s 270-acre Area IV is dominated by the 90-acre Energy Technology Engineering Center where Rocketdyne’s nuclear work was performed. At the height of its activity, there were 270 numbered buildings on the site including over ten reactors, a “hot lab” where nuclear power plant fuel rods […]

Sodium Reactor Experiment promo brochure

Exactly 50 years ago today, Atomics International was in the second-to-last day of the SRE meltdown that began on July 13, 1959. The amount of radiation released during this time, and after, was 260 to 459 times the same amount of radionuclides that escaped the more infamous Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania twenty years later, according to various sources including a comprehensive analysis of This fascinating brochure from 1957 presents the reactor in happier times.

Perjure Away Pollution in Runkle Canyon? has discovered evidence that Boeing-supplied documents contain false data as it pertains to Runkle Canyon, which calls into question whether additional sampling and testing in Runkle Canyon may be necessary to fully and accurately investigate the nature of the contamination and its source.

Meltdown Dustup

The worst meltdown in U.S. history happened 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles from July 13-26, 1959. A reactor spewed hundreds of times more radiation than Three Mile Island did in 1979. The effects of this covered-up meltdown still reverberate throughout Southern California today.

Welcome to v2!

Denise Anne Duffield, my multi-award-winning website designer, editor and better half, pulls out all the stops in this redesign which now features a blog, posts with comments, an RSS feed, and easy ways to share articles with others via e-mail and social bookmarking sites.

Fire on the Mountain fired up this activist

Environmental investigations can take a lot of time and are arduous to research, write and produce. We call it “the slog.” There are times that are especially trying like getting Version 2 of up and running properly. It’s just at times like these that kind words remind Denise Anne and I why we do what we do. And now that we are in our eleventh year reporting on the lab, it also reminded us never to take any complements too seriously.


The interview – July 11, 2009
Michael Rose is a successful Los Angeles-based documentarian. His company, Michael Rose Productions, Inc., has produced over 200 documentaries for outlets in the US (PBS, The History Channel, the Travel Channel and others) that are seen in over 40 countries.
Rose is also the person […]


The 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 […]

Sodium Reactor Experiment Meltdown

The 50th anniversary of the worst nuclear reactor disaster in U.S. history happened just outside of Los Angeles July 13-26, 1959 and still resonates today.

READ “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon – 50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Accident Holds Up Land Development” in the LA Weekly where‘s Michael Collins […]


Photographs of the worst nuclear reactor disaster in U.S. history that happened just outside of Los Angeles July 13-26, 1959. The top center photograph was taken by John Pace, an eyewitness to the Sodium Reactor Experiment meltdown.
“This is a picture of the men trying to unstick the second fuel […]

Runkle Canyon Video

KCET “Life & Times”
“Runkle Canyon Development – Radioactive?”
Ironically, this November 21, 2006 program begins with an acknowledgement that “Coverage of Town Hall Los Angeles speakers on Life and Times is made possible by a grant from the Boeing Company.” Boeing owns the Runkle Canyon-adjacent Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
Val Zavala is […]

Rocketdyne Video

Before the December 12, 2012 EPA meeting in Simi Valley, California, where the agency tried to explain how it had burned through $41.5 million for the radiation testing of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, clean up Rocketdyne activists and community members held a press conference. Dan Hirsch, […]

Diane Feinstein – January 16, 2008 did not receive an invitation to this event though we managed to get the particulars and attend. We wanted to ask Sen. Feinstein if she knew about the veterans’ tombstones in the West LA VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump.
The press release to the event read:
Senator Feinstein and Supervisor […]

Drought reveals heart of dump – 2007

The prolonged drought in Southern California has caused a continuing brush die-off in the heart of the Brentwood nuclear dump. Much of the mapped center of the known dumping areas is easier to see — sloping areas that weren’t tested in the VA Phase I testing of the eastern arroyo. […]

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 […]

Evidence Plowed Under

As began investigating the biomedical nuclear dump on Veterans Administration property in the west Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood in 2001, the history of the site was passing into urban legend. Dan Hirsch, president of the nuclear watchdog group Committee to Bridge the Gap, had given up on investigating […]