Ten Years After – Two Years OnCongratulations Michael and Denise on two very impressive years at Enviroreporter. My involvement with you and Denise, as both a “Radiation Ranger” and a friend, has been very rewarding for me. A special thanks to you both for keeping this old brain working on all the scientific reporting you share with me. I am a true believer in the fact that if you do good worthwhile things with honesty, your rewards will be great. Keep up the good work!

Your Friend
Reverend John Southwick
(Simi Valley, May 16, 2008)

[KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands.]

Your site focusing on your achievements is great because I believe you are wonderful writer and investigative reporter. I want your stuff out in the Atlantic, New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists…places that will get you the attention you deserve.

Dr. Bennett Ramberg
(Los Angeles, May 16, 2008)

If anyone’s hiding any nasty goo in their backyard, they should be very afraid when they see M.C. Enviroreporter snooping around on the premises. A bona fide modern day super hero, he is recognizable by his trademark rose-colored gas mask and cape made of recycled freak-flag. Now if anyone can break the scoop on the amount of toxic batteries in land fills or the cell-phone industry’s cover up of the brain-cancerous effects of long-term exposures to low-energy electromagnetic radiation, it’ll be him. Goo be gone!

Kraig Hill
(Malibu, May 15, 2008)

Dear Michael,

I have known you for a long time now. I’m proud to say you have become a fond face I see among the friends I’ve made throughout the Rocketdyne tribulations! I am very thankful that we have concerned friends in all media’s. Michael, you have always been there through all the meetings, you too been have been frustrated with the answers that we all in the Rocketdyne Clean Up Collation have been asking for years. I thank you for your continued care and concern for our community and for telling the truth in each of your articles. I only ask that you continue working for the underdog and may the truth triumph in the end. For I know I’ll see your face at the finish line as usual, taking notes and asking questions!

Gratefully yours,

Lorraine Scott
One of the first interveners in the Rocketdyne Federal case along with my husband, Jon Scott.
(Encino, May 17, 2008)

Congratulations on your second anniversary as LA’s must-read primary source of environmental reporting, and your efforts to alert this city as to the dangerous radioactive waste that lies beneath its homes and streets. You’ve provided life-saving reportage on Brentwood, and Runkle Canyon, and I hope you will one day expose the problem of radioactive soil in and around Fox Hills (and elsewhere) from the importation of trucks full of nuclear-tainted soil from Nevada, for the
shooting of the John Wayne film The Warlord. Judging from the other studies you have inspired/initiated, I’d bet you could help a lot of people studying the area around Fox Studios.

Again, thanks for your great work!

Elia Katz
(Los Angeles, may 18, 2008)

I would like to express my gratitude for the fine reporting skills of Michael Collins.

I lived less than two miles from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. My father died of cancer of the larynx and lymphoma of the parotid gland at age 69. My mother lost her mental faculties and her death certificate states thyroid insufficiency, age 78. One brother died of melanoma at age 56. The other brother died of major multiple cardiovascular problems, age 59. My sister has degenerative bone disease and bipolar disorder. I have cysts on my kidneys and had a total hip replacement done last year.

Yes, that is 6 out of 6 people. Two of us are living, the rest dead. Why? Maybe it was because the water to our house was from a well. Well water we drank, cooked, bathed in and grew a garden with. Oh, I know, it must be bad genes. WRONG. I’ve done that research, too.

Let them build their houses. When the residents find out they are sick because of the toxic contaminants in the very soil their homes sit on, or they grow their tomatoes or worse, the dirt their children play in, then what? That should be profitable.

Heavy metals in Runkle Canyon? Like arsenic? Check out the link between arsenic and the most deadly form of cancer, melanoma. Yes, it is true. My brother found a lump on his shoulder in June 2005, by November 2005 he was dead.

Certain types of radiation seek out and do damage to the bones. I asked the doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles what causes lymphoma, their answer: radiation. At the time, I did not have any clue we had been exposed to it. I did not know about any of this until February.

How can it be this has never made national coverage?

I still do not understand how something like this has happened and the majority of people are unaware, or if they are aware, they are ignorant because they just do not want to be bothered by something that scares them, like illness. Unless it has affected you personally, then it is basically an annoyance to you. Unfortunately, what you don\’t get is this. It is affecting you, you just do not know it yet.

We need more reporters like Michael Collins to get the truth out to the public.

Trudi Ferguson

(Redding, November 15, 2007)

These articles that Michael Collins write in regards to Rocketdyne and the surrounding areas of impact, such as Runkle Canyon and Sage Ranch, are very valuable to the surrounding communities as they do give hope and show there are people out there such as the “Radiation Rangers” doing something about this while others involved in this issue are too sick to investigate on site.

If there are any questions I can answer please call (310)428-5085.

Thank you,

William Preston Bowling

Founder Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education
(Topanga, January 31, 2008)