Runkle Canyon Gallery
After abruptly suspending the SSFL Work Group, the Department of Toxic Substances Control held this gathering attended by a handful of people. There are advantages to poster board meetings like this: they sometime yield valuable information. In this case, evidence of extremely high alpha radiation two miles offsite in a well situated in the heart of the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University. The session also showed a huge hit of strontium-90 on the Rocketdyne fence line and uphill of Runkle Canyon. Though there was one EPA presentation, the federal agency's posters belied the fact that it is continuing to bait and switch the public trying to convince them that Radiation Trigger Levels will clean up Rocketdyne to background. Cleaning up SSFL to background will only be accomplished when remediating to Background Threshold Values. It is unlikely that the leaders who run this state are going to be fooled by this obvious bait and switch that shows no signs of abating even in the light of growing Internet news and print media coverage.
The 1,595-acre former Runkle Ranch property is an unique and rare ecosystem in Southern California. Rain descends into the canyon from an 11-acre drainage off of Area IV of the former Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Water from Runkle Canyon ends up in the Arroyo Simi which replenishes an aquifer that the city of Simi Valley draws from for drinking water. High levels of arsenic, nickel, vanadium and other heavy metals have been detected in Runkle Canyon Creek.
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.
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.
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.