Runkle News and AnalysisRUNKLE CANYON LATEST NEWS (32+ POSTS)
EnviroReporter.com
1,595-acre KB Home development being built in Runkle Canyon in Simi Valley California. Property adjacent multiple nuclear reactor meltdown site. High radiation and heavy metals found in soil and water.

Runkle TimelinesRUNKLE CANYON TIMELINE
Before an experimental nuclear reactor and Hot Lab were built adjacent Runkle, it was a working ranch. Now it is a massive development built spewing over 112 tons of dust into air. Timeline runs through mid-2008.



Runkle photosRUNKLE CANYON PHOTOS
Extensive collection shows pollution testing by Radiation Rangers and the city of Simi Valley, citizens and city council sparring, Rangers’ aerial surveillance, visual evidence of apparent contamination.



MICHAEL COLLINS PRINT ARTICLES (from newest to oldest):

RUNKLE CANYON ON THE ROPES
Ventura County Reporter – December 9, 2010
Agreements between state EPA, NASA, Department of Energy to clean their areas of Rocketdyne to background levels don’t include adjacent Runkle Canyon which has tested high in radiation and heavy metals.



ROCKETDYNE CLEANUP WON’T HELP RUNKLE CANYON
LA Weekly – September 23, 2010
Rocketdyne cleanup revelations that DTSC negotiated a cleanup deal with adjacent Runkle Canyon developer KB Home to leave land untouched by remediation. State ignores federal Clean Water Act in Runkle Creek.


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
KB Home, in its Response Plan to clean up Runkle Canyon, by promises 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
Runkle Canyon meeting 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
Radiation Rangers find mysterious white material covering vast sections of Runkle Canyon DTSC tests material and calls it “evaporative salt.” Chromium, nickel, molybdenum and iron found at high levels.



RUNKLE CANYON CHROMIUM ANALYSIS
EnviroReporter.com – June 2008
Analysis of white powder and rocks finds chromium, toxic heavy metals by DTSC in their lab. EnviroReporter.com analysis of flora and fauna effects and other data related to bordering Rocketdyne.


Reassessing RunkleREASSESSING RUNKLE
Ventura County Reporter – April 24, 2008
KB Home and state agree to cooperate on Runkle Canyon. Radiation Rangers express faith in DTSC Rocketdyne/Runkle Canyon project director Norm Riley. Faith later dashed. Riley goes to work for KB Home.


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. 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.


Sept 5 2013 Runkle Canyon construction dust thumbDUST IN THE WIND
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – March 15, 2007
Spurred on by citizens alarmed at development of Runkle Canyon and cloud of strontium-90-laden dust it could launch, Simi Valley City Council asked for help from state. Dubious government answers are result.


Reining in RunkleREINING IN RUNKLE
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – October 26, 2006
Simi Valley City Council temporarily halts KB Home grading plans for Runkle Canyon and asks state and feds to evaluate our revelations that land has tested high for radiation by developers.

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. False pledge to fully flesh out facts about property as Simi Valley officials believe that Runkle Canyon is perfectly safe to develop.

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

The hills have eyesTHE HILLS HAVE EYES
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – September 21, 2006
Simi Valley residents unite to fight KB Home development in Runkle Canyon. City makes pledge to fully flesh out facts about property as developer says city believes that place is safe to develop.


Hot PropertyHOT PROPERTY – annotated version
Los Angeles ValleyBeat – January 19, 2006
This annotated version of same-named article was created at request of Simi Valley Councilmember Barbra Williamson. EnviroReporter.com and other online news organizations are able to “prove” facts in this way.


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
Annotated copy of “NEIGHBORHOOD THREAT” here. 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? Did Strontium-90 pollute a planned development next to Rocketdyne?