A Statement from Ms. Donna Beiter R.N., M.S.N., Director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: [December 17, 2009] The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA) is currently conducting a surface and subsurface Environmental study of the “arroyo” area located to the east of the Barrington Park Recreation […]
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[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 XXXX@va.gov VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Hi Eric, Thanks for calling yesterday […]
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.
Erik J. Gutierrez, Stakeholder Relations Representative in the VA’s Office of External Affairs, sent LA Weekly and EnviroReporter.com this statement December 17, 2009: A Statement from Ms. Donna Beiter R.N., M.S.N., Director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA) is currently […]
There are few places in America more beautiful than a national cemetery. Los Angeles National Cemetery is no exception. During the early summer, jacaranda trees bloom in a riot of purple enlivening the grounds. On Sept. 1, 1973, in enacting the National Cemetery Act of 1973, the cemetery was transferred […]
Soldiers’ tombstones are emerging from the muck of a biomedical nuclear and chemical dump on the Department of Veterans Affairs grounds in Brentwood, California.
Ghoulish graveyard of atomic tombstones – American veterans’ headstones – dumped in Brentwood’s toxic VA grave, according to a new LA Weekly article by Michael Collins.
Rocketdyne lab remediation left in limbo By Michael Collins (Ventura County Reporter – November 19, 2009) (UPDATED WITH BOEING’S RESPONSES FOLLOWING ARTICLE) 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 […]
On January 9, 2008, EnviroReporter.com visited the biomedical nuclear and chemical dump at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Brentwood, an upscale neighborhood in west Los Angeles. We were there to see if the VA had finally begun Phase Two of its investigation and characterization of this site that we […]
One of the most valuable pieces of land in the nation, on a per acre basis, is the 16-acre parcel of VA property at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire in west Los Angeles. The property, worth untold millions, has been the battleground between the Veterans Park Conservancy and […]
Nearly two years after EnviroReporter.com first found these soldiers’ tombstones sticking out of the ground in a nuclear and chemical toxic site, nothing has changed. The grave markers are disappearing back into the brush. Senator Feinstein’s staff failed to follow up on our January 2008 tip about this illegal dumping […]
The brush-choked biomedical nuclear and chemical dump remains the same. The gravestones remain untouched. Soccer players practice on Brentwood School’s lower field where a 2006 VA-funded report says tests high in radiation. “The average readings for the East Arroyo, West Arroyo, and the Brentwood School lower soccer fields were notably […]
The biomedical nuclear and chemical dump at the West LA VA in Brentwood is supposed to be a closed site. Repeatedly, over the years, EnviroReporter.com has seen people access this dump usually chasing errant soccer balls. In this case, a man was walking through the dump with a child on […]
At first this later winter trip to the dump produced no surprises – the soldiers’ gravestones still lay jutting out of the hillside of the West LA VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump. The surprise came when EnviroReporter.com realized it wasn’t alone. A site inspection was taking place with someone […]
These disconcerting photographs clearly show soldiers’ tombstones in the West Los Angeles VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump. It is a surreal and sad scene. Three days later, EnviroReporter.com‘s Michael Collins told Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) and her district director, Trevor Daley, about the situation and offered to show the […]
The white marble slabs of the tombstones stood out, contrasting with the dirt, plants, concrete rubble and rebar in this part of the dump. The VA operates a huge Veterans’ cemetery on the other side of the property where VA supervisors and workers should know that it is against federal […]