NEWS COVERAGE OF BRENTWOOD’S TOXIC DUMP
“Beautiful Brentwood park may contain toxic waste”
KTLA-Channel 5 News, December 16, 2009: Jaime Chambers examines Brentwood dog park subsequent to the publication of Michael Collins’ “Brentwood’s Toxic Grave” article in the LA Weekly. “Everything from needles to tombstones,” the segment begins. “An upscale park is sitting on decades of toxic waste. It used to be a dumping ground for everything medical waste. Now, decades later, it still hasn’t been cleaned up. The park is in Brentwood next to the grounds of the Veterans Administration.”
“Nuclear Biomedical Waste Buried in Brentwood”
KCET-Channel 28, December 19, 2007: Biomedical nuclear and chemical dump buried on VA land in LA’s affluent Brentwood neighborhood prompts $1 million testing but not cleanup. KCET‘s “Life & Times” program, with Hena Cuevas, looks at EnviroReporter.com‘s 6-year investigation of the dump that appears to also be buried under the athletic fields of exclusive Brentwood School which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s children attend.
“Barrington Dog Park Danger”
KNBC-Channel 4 News, May 25, 2006: Donna Tetrault covers EnviroReporter.com breaking news of a nuclear and chemical biomedical nuclear dump in affluent Brentwood California. Dump is buried on Veterans Administration land under Barrington Dog Park, an arroyo and under the athletic fields of exclusive Brentwood School. Michael Collins shows radioactive glass he found in dump and tests it on camera with a nuclear radiation monitor.
COLD WAR ATOMIC FILMS
The Atom and You – Paramount News, March 25, 1953 — This archival film shows tests conducted at Hanford, Washington, on effects of exposure of sheep and salmon to radiation; testing of radioactive dust at the UCLA AEC-funded laboratory; the use of radioisotopes and tracer materials for detecting cancer in patients at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and the use of ionizing rays from the cobalt source at New York City’s Moncure Hospital to treat cancer of the brain.
The Atom in the Hospital – A 1961 film showing UCLA research and findings of the effects of radiation on the human body. At minute 7:25, the “Total Body Irradiation Chamber” is introduced. “The unit is designed to deliver uniform massive radiation to larger animals and humans,” the film’s moderator intones. “The patient can be watched through mirrors and a winding entrance eliminates the need for a door.”
Iodine-131 – This film made in 1958 that shows three actual case studies on patients treated at Argonne National Laboratory in 1949. The films tells how all three patients, each with different ailment, have been cured with radiation therapy.