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THINGS ARE PERC-ING UP

THINGS ARE PERC-ING UP

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – February 12, 2003

Even veterans of the decades-old battle over Rocketdyne’s heavily polluted Santa Susana Field Laboratory were a bit awed Monday night.
Gone was the contentiousness that marked Rocketdyne community meetings over the last 10 years.
The standing-room-only crowd and parade of officials at Thousand Oaks’ Civic Arts Plaza […]

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 […]

PERCHLORATE PATROL

PERCHLORATE PATROL

Cal-EPA comes down on Simi Valley’s Rocketdyne facility
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – October 23, 2003

The toxic leaks continue at the Rocketdyne lab in Simi Valley. After high levels of the toxic rocket fuel oxidizer perchlorate were found this summer near the facility, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) ordered the company to put together a […]

TWO MILE ISLAND - CAUTION RADIATION

TWO MILE ISLAND – CAUTION RADIATION

Supervisors vote to require groundwater testing
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – August 5, 2004

On August 3, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks’ precedent setting initiative to require testing for pollutants near the heavily contaminated Rocketdyne facility in Simi Valley won approval from the county’s Board of Supervisors on a 3-2 vote. Cheers erupted from a crowd […]

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 […]

THE FALLOUT

Two new reports find elevated cancers and other risks within a few miles of Rocketdyne
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – February 16, 2006
On February 2, two long-anticipated UCLA studies analyzing cancer rates and toxic contamination around Boeing’s massive Santa Susana Field Laboratory were finally released. Years in the making, the reports don’t bode well for […]

THE PROMISED LAND

THE PROMISED LAND

Gov. Schwarzenegger terminates the uncertainty of Rocketdyne cleanup with historic move that keeps California in charge – for now
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 24, 2008
It was a move as deft as any he has ever made in his action films, this time potentially saving countless real lives. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger empowered the state’s […]

LIVING NEXT TO A WAR FACTORY

LIVING NEXT TO A WAR FACTORY

Neighbors of closed Aerojet plant worry about their health and water
By Michael Collins
LA Weekly – May 11, 2000

Fred Sharp thought it was funny the time his son brought home 20 rounds of machine-gun ammo he had found in his Chino Hills neighborhood. But Sharp, a Vietnam vet and bomb expert, was less amused on March […]

RUSSIANS, ROCKETS AND THE SANTA ANA RIVER

A closed weapons plant in the Chino Hills may be leaking hazardous chemicals into the Santa Ana River.
By Michael Collins
Orange County Weekly – May 18, 2000
Fred Sharp thought it was funny the time his son brought home 20 rounds of machine-gun ammo he had found in his Chino Hills neighborhood. But Sharp, a Vietnam vet […]

RANCH REVELRY

RANCH REVELRY

By Michael Collins
(Ventura County Reporter – May 20, 2004)

Nearly 200 folks gathered May 16 in Hidden Valley to celebrate the defeat of Washington Mutual’s plan to turn the pristine hills of Ahmanson Ranch into 3,050 residences and two golf courses. The Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) fundraiser honored citizen activist Mary Weisbrock in her role as […]

THE FEELING IS MUTUAL

THE FEELING IS MUTUAL

By Michael Collins
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – July 10, 2003

ONE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S most bitterly contested development projects took a radical and unexpected turn this week, stunning environmentalists and open-space advocates and possibly indicating a change of heart by developers. On June 7, Washington Mutual, Inc. announced the departure of Guy Gniadek, who was head of the Ahmanson Ranch […]

WHO TO WATCH - JANICE LEE

WHO TO WATCH – JANICE LEE

Calabasas City Council member, pollution-hater, hell-on-heels
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – February 6, 2003

Because she has been a staunch Ahmanson Ranch opponent and strikes fear into the hearts of Washington Mutual lackeys. Because she has sounded the alarm over the Calabasas Landfill that shows evidence of being polluted by Rocketdyne’s goo. Because she is succeeding in making […]

SUITED UP

SUITED UP

Anti-Ahmanson Forces Contest Ventura County
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – January 23, 2003

The five Los County Board of Supervisors sat impassively, January 14th, as an attorney representing the Ahmanson Ranch project pleaded for them not to sue the County of Ventura for signing off on the massive Ahmanson Ranch project. That scheme is designed to build 3,050 […]

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 […]

AHMANSON RANCH ENDGAME

AHMANSON RANCH ENDGAME

‘CityBeat’ contributor Michael Collins wins a 2003 Los Angeles Press Club award for coverage of toxics issues that lead to a new state park at Ahmanson Ranch.
By Dean Kuipers
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – December 31, 2003

A little over 18 months ago, freelance journalist Michael Collins published a story in the LA Weekly about toxics at the […]

Simi, We Have a Problem

Simi, We Have a Problem

Historic meeting of the Department of Toxic Substances Control and citizens of the Simi and San Fernando valleys takes place January 28, 2009 in Simi Valley City Council Chambers. Committee to Bridge the Gap president, Dan Hirsch, rips Response Plan as “propoganda” and says 2004 Environmental Impact Report for Runkle Canyon, approved by City Council, was “fraudulent.”

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 […]

Interview with Ventura County Supervisor Candidate Jim Dantona

October 25, 2006
“My position on Runkle Canyon is everything comes to a complete halt, period, until we know exactly through the studies what type of contaminants are in Runkle Canyon, or what type of dangers we have there and then making sure that that’s cleaned up before there’s anything that would take place there.
“However, I […]

REINING IN RUNKLE

Read the Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat “Street” article on the Simi Valley City Council temporarily halting KB Homes grading plans for Runkle Canyon, and asking the U.S. EPA, California Department of Health Services, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to evaluate our revelations that the development area has tested high for radiation and didn’t […]

WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Runkle Canyon is poised to be Simi Valley’s newest neighborhood. But did the city misinterpret the risk of radioactive material in the ground?
By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter – March 17, 2005
Cattle graze on verdant hills as winter winds whip through the branches of centuries-old oaks on Runkle Canyon. Shrubby mulefat and willow scrub sway in […]

SPIN CYCLE - LA CityBeat

SPIN CYCLE – LA CityBeat

Selling Runkle Canyon pollution report as clean
By Michael Collins
Los Angeles CityBeat – August 23, 2007

The headlines out of Ventura County last week must have pleased Simi Valley officials intent on convincing its citizenry of the benign nature of Runkle Canyon’s soil and water. This is where homebuilding giants KB Home and Lennar are intent on […]

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 […]