[KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands]
Construction begins at what would soon be called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands. Over 112 tons of dust will be made aloft as a result.
On November 17, 2008, the DTSC’s Norm Riley, project head for the Runkle Canyon voluntary cleanup agreed to with KB Home, gave a presentation about the site to the Simi Valley City Council and community. The Radiation Rangers also gave a Powerpoint presentation which was aided by EnviroReporter.com’s Michael Collins and Denise Anne Duffield.
Runkle Canyon’s surface water is a drinking water source for Simi Valley as these photographs show. Runkle Canyon drains into the Arroyo Simi which replenishes the aquifer under Simi Valley which is pumped out and blended for drinking water for the east part of the valley. That drinking water presently tests under government limits for toxins.
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 and tested previously, took water and soil samples which were split to be tested by Pat-Chem Laboratories and another lab of the City's choosing.
Radiation Rangers head for Runkle Canyon with Pat-Chem's Ron Lovato on May 18, 2007. Water and soil samples come back high in the heavy metals arsenic, nickel, vanadium, barium, cadmium and chromium. Findings precipitate more testing more testing for toxins in Runkle Canyon by the city of Simi Valley.