Evidence of extremely high alpha radiation two miles offsite in a well at Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University. Session also showed a huge hit of strontium-90 on Rocketdyne fence line with Runkle Canyon.
These photos were taken by William Preston Bowling at an open house held by DTSC on May 17, 2012.
One of the reasons DTSC gave in shutting down the SSFL Work Group, which had served the community for two decades, was that it was expensive. This poster session took place at Grande Vista Hotel in Simi Valley, not at DTSC headquarters in Chatsworth, and cost thousand to present.
The poster session was sparsely attended. It was held in a large room at the Grande Vista Hotel in Simi Valley, California. The Department of Toxic Substances Control hosted the event.
The third man from the right in the green shirt is Boeing's longtime employee Phil Rutherford who, upon being filmed by Rocketdyne activist Adam Salkin, left the gathering in a huff according to eyewitnesses.
High radiation hits. Note the red mark far north of the lab perimeter
That's OS-10 (Offsite well #10) on the Brandeis property where the USEPA was granted access. There, at OS-10, the agency detected beta radiation in the well water at nearly three times its Maximum Contaminant Level for drinking water. Total adjusted gross alpha radiation activity was 8.61 times its MCL which is even more troubling: alpha radiation is up to 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma radiation because of the harm it causes upon ingestion or inhalation. This may be the highest radiation in groundwater found offsite of Rocketdyne taken ever.
This incredibly high radiation reading in the groundwater is right next to the Runkle Canyon fence.
Rocketdyne activist and filmmaker Adam Salkin interviews Boeing's Art Lennox.
USEPA's senior science advisor Gregg Dempsey giving a talk in front of the assembled.
Dempsey knows that Radiation Trigger Levels are not Background Threshold Values.
But apparently Dempsey still used RTLs to mislead the group about the level of radiation found in a recent $41 million survey.
The Agreements on Consent are to do one very simple thing: remediate Rocketdyne back to its normal background. As EnviroReporter.com exposed, USEPA is attempting to bait and switch normal background numbers with RTLS which are significantly higher.
USEPA, in its latest round of sampling in Area IV found strontium 90 up-gradient from Runkle Canyon by the fence borderline clocking in at over 145 times normal background for the isotope at one to five feet below surface.
As a measure of how serious this is, the California Highway Patrol considers any radiological detection above three times background to be a hazardous materials situation which triggers haz-mat protocols for the law enforcement agency.
USEPA’s Dempsey seems to agree that chain link fences don't stop pollution according to a March 9, 2012 email of his published on a blog recently.
“In my experience, I've seen people look at artificial barriers like roads, fences, property lines, rivers, etc., and decide in their minds that radiation can't cross that barrier, which is kind of silly when you look at it later,” Dempsey wrote. “In the bigger picture it's just more important that we identify it so we can get it cleaned up. That's really the most important part.” Cleaned up to what? A level determined by an unnamed and unquestioned scientist in a lab hired by USEPA?
[KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands]