Runkle Canyon

Runkle News and AnalysisRUNKLE CANYON LATEST NEWS (32+ POSTS)
EnviroReporter.com
The latest information regarding this 1,595-acre KB Homes development in Simi Valley, CA, that shows indications of being polluted by the lethal radionuclide Strontium-90 and heavy metals including arsenic, nickel and vanadium.



Runkle TimelinesRUNKLE CANYON TIMELINE
This broad picturesque gorge used to be a working ranch used for growing grain and walnuts. That was before the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, commonly known as Rocketdyne, was built in the late 1940s less than a mile from Runkle Canyon. That was before meltdowns and catastrophic radioactive and chemical pollution at the lab. Timeline runs through mid-2008 and is being updated.

Runkle photosRUNKLE CANYON PHOTOS
This extensive collection shows pollution testing by the Radiation Rangers and the city of Simi Valley, citizens and the city council going at it, the Rangers’ sky-high aerial surveillance of the entire area, visual evidence of apparent contamination and, of course, Runkle Canyon in its full glory with magnificent vistas, vernal pools, submerged corral and more.

MICHAEL COLLINS PRINT ARTICLES (from newest to oldest):

RUNKLE CANYON ON THE ROPES
Ventura County Reporter – December 9, 2010

Historic agreements between the Department of Toxic Subtances Control with NASA and the Department of Energy to clean their part of the polluted Santa Susana Field Laboratory to background levels of contamination don’t include adjacent Runkle Canyon which has high radiation and heavy metals and is slated for development of 461 homes.


ROCKETDYNE CLEANUP WON’T HELP RUNKLE CANYON
LA Weekly – September 23, 2010
Historic Rocketdyne cleanup agreement marred by revelations that the Department of Toxic Substances Control, in a quiet sleight of land, negotiated a cleanup deal with adjacent Runkle Canyon developer KB Home to leave tainted land untouched by remediation.


Wrinkles in Runkle CanyonWRINKLES IN RUNKLE CANYON
LA Weekly – July 22, 2009
50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Accident Holds Up Land Development



Black-Goo-ManMOUNTAINS OF GOO
Ventura County Reporter – April 16, 2009
The developer, KB Home, has dug itself into a hole of its own making in its Response Plan to clean up the canyon by promising to remove two giant mountains of slag material that are leaking pools of toxic sludge.



SIMI WE HAVE A PROBLEM’
Ventura County Reporter – February 19, 2009
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. Rocketdyne watchdog Dan Hirsch rips Response Plan as “propoganda” and says 2004 EIR, approved by City Council, was “fraudulent.”

White Blight CoverWHITE BLIGHT
Ventura County Reporter – June 25, 2008
Runkle Canyon’s chromium conundrum. Radiation Rangers find mysterious white material covering vast sections of the canyon, material tested by the Department of Toxic Substances Control which calls it an “evaporative salt.” Chromium, nickel, molybdenum and iron found at high levels in the salty stuff that may also be appearing in another canyon miles away.


RUNKLE CANYON CHROMIUM ANALYSIS
EnviroReporter.com – June 2008
Extensive analysis of the white powder and rocks that covered part of the canyon in Spring 2008 which tested high for chromium and other toxic heavy metals by the Department of Toxic Substances Control in their laboratory. Analysis looks at impact on flora and fauna and other data related to Rocketdyne and Runkle Canyon.

Reassessing RunkleREASSESSING RUNKLE
Ventura County Reporter – April 24, 2008
KB Home and state agree to cooperate on troubled Simi canyon. The Radiation Rangers express optimism and faith in the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Norm Riley in his oversight of agreement, faith later dashed.




Down the Test TubesDOWN THE TEST TUBES
Ventura County Reporter – January 17, 2008
KB Home’s Runkle Canyon radiation tests questioned as more groundwater pollution is found and developer negotiates cleanup agreement with state.






Dirty BusinessDIRTY BUSINESS
Ventura County Reporter – November 1, 2007
New law cleaning up Rocketdyne for parkland may not stop adjacent KB Home development pushed by Simi Valley City Council.






Spin CycleSPIN CYCLE
Ventura County Reporter – August 23, 2007
Selling Runkle Canyon pollution report as clean.




Spin CycleSPIN CYCLE
Los Angeles CityBeat – August 23, 2007
Simi Council sells disturbing Runkle Canyon pollution report as clean.




bubbler3BUBBLE TROUBLE
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – July 26, 2007
City of Simi Valley forced to test Runkle Canyon water and soil for arsenic.




The Radiation RangersTHE RADIATION RANGERS
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – June 21, 2007
Developers of Simi Valley’s Runkle Canyon claim the water tested clean. Then a band of citizens discovered super-toxic goo seeping from the ground.




Dust in the WindDUST IN THE WIND
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – March 15, 2007
Spurred on by citizens alarmed at the impending development of picturesque Runkle Canyon and the cloud of strontium-90-laden dust it could launch, the Simi Valley City Council did something quite extraordinary – it asked for help. California Department of Health Services’ answers cause consternation over accuracy.





Reining in RunkleREINING IN RUNKLE
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – October 26, 2006
The Simi Valley City Council temporarily halts KB Home grading plans for Runkle Canyon and asks 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.

The Hills Have EyesTHE HILLS HAVE EYES
Ventura County Reporter – September 28, 2006
Simi Valley residents unite to fight ‘hot’ KB Home development in Runkle Canyon. Collins exposes city’s false pledge to fully flesh out facts about property as developer indicates that City Council and City Planner believe that the place is perfectly safe to develop.

Unraveling RunkleUNRAVELING RUNKLE
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 28, 2006
Dozens of exasperated residents converge on Simi Valley City, spurred on by last week’s report in this paper (“The Hills Have Eyes”), and worried the development of 461 homes in Runkle Canyon was being pushed through without a promised city council review.

The hills have eyesTHE HILLS HAVE EYES
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 21, 2006
Simi Valley residents unite to fight ‘hot’ KB Home development in Runkle Canyon. Collins exposes city’s false pledge to fully flesh out facts about property as developer indicates that City Council and City Planner believe that the place is perfectly safe to develop.


Hot PropertyHOT PROPERTY – annotated version
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – January 19, 2006
EnviroReporter.com created this version this annotated version of the article at the request of city of Simi Valley Councilmember Barbra Williamson.


Hot PropertyHOT PROPERTY
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – January 19, 2006
Runkle Canyon developers claim mysterious new state tests have erased previously high levels of radioactive contamination. Collins debunks these new results created by the California Department of Health Services.


Which Way the Wind BlowsWHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS
Ventura County Reporter – March 17, 2005
Runkle Canyon is poised to be Simi Valley’s newest neighborhood. But did the city misinterpret the risk of radioactive material in the ground?






Neighborhood ThreatNEIGHBORHOOD THREAT – annotated version
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – March 10, 2005
We have included an annotated copy of “NEIGHBORHOOD THREAT” here. See for yourself how we came to our conclusions. Note that the page designations in [brackets] refer to the specific page in the linked PDF applicable.

Neighborhood ThreatNEIGHBORHOOD THREAT
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – March 10, 2005
Runkle Canyon is poised to be Simi Valley’s newest neighborhood. But did the city misinterpret the risk of radioactive material in the ground? Collins breaks story of how the radionuclide Strontium-90 may have polluted a planned development next to Rocketdyne.