Exclusive 2019 Update: VICTORY AT THE VA – West LA Veterans Administration master plan protects old nuclear dump from development

VA Nuclear DumpVA NUCLEAR DUMP LATEST NEWS (Ongoing 2006-2019)
The latest on the Brentwood dump. Investigation begun in 2001, breaks story in 2006, derails $4 billion 2007 plan to privatize West LA VA, and finally leads to successful protection of the 11-acre main dump site from development in 2019 Master Plan. This environmental victory protects Veterans, VA workers and visitors as well as Brentwood.



VA Nuclear Dump DocumentsVA NUCLEAR DUMP DOCUMENTS
Includes detailed analysis of 5,600 pages of VA-supplied papers, Master Plan analyses and official EnviroReporter.com comments plus breakdowns of Phase I and Phase II of $2 million dump assessment resultant of our reporting. The Master Plans promise not to develop dump area is all the more important as borne out in these documents.


VA NUCLEAR DUMP MAPS
Multiple maps indicating locations of radioactive and chemical waste from experiments conducted by West LA VA and UCLA from 1948 to 1968. Includes 2016 VA master plan maps that tried to erase dump by falsely making dump look like open space or wild green lands, maps taken out of 2019 final Master Plan at EnviroReporter.com‘s suggestion.

VA Nuclear Dump galleryVA NUCLEAR DUMP PHOTO GALLERY
Photographs related to Brentwood nuclear dump, from Cold War radiation experiments that created dump, early attempts to located it, to current use and most recent testing. From 1952 to 2019 and beyond as EnviroReporter.com continues to monitor the site.

FEATURE ARTICLES & IN-DEPTH RESEARCH

VICTORY AT THE VA
EnviroReporter.com – May 20, 2019
West LA VA does extraordinary revamping of its Master Plan and, at the suggestion of EnviroReporter.com, removes all plans and maps related to development of the 11-acre dump and vows to “Leave it alone” in victory for Veterans and community.

WEST LA VA MAY REMEDIATE NUKE DUMP IF FOUND ‘HAZARDOUS’
EnviroReporter.com – March 4, 2016
VA official admits at public meeting that dump is designated open green space but says no development is planned for that area even as Draft Master Plan shows otherwise. The dump “will be fully remediated if it’s indeed identified as a hazard.”

FRAUD FOUND THROUGHOUT WEST LA VA MASTER PLAN
EnviroReporter.com – February 25, 2016
Draft Master Plan misidentifies the biomedical nuclear and chemical dump as “green space” with no restrictions presently upon its use. Maps and charts falsely indicate that the extensive dumping grounds are already being used for “recreation.”

BRENTWOOD NUKE DUMP BURNS AS VA FINALIZES DRAFT MASTER PLAN
EnviroReporter.com – February 9, 2016
Tritium-contaminated brush goes up in flames, radioactive smoke seen for miles. Fire reveals more illegally discarded veterans tombstones. Draft Master Plan unveiled and shows development of dump dangerously treating it as unblemished open space.

WEST LA VA ‘MASTER PLAN’ COVERS UP ITS CHEMICAL AND NUCLEAR DUMP
EnviroReporter.com – December 17, 2015
Proposed master plan for West LA VA fails to include 2007 and 2010 VA studies confirming high radiation and chemicals in its nuclear dump.

GRAVE MISTAKES
EnvirReporter.com – January 7, 2010
Sloppy Phase I testing of dump finally leads to long-delayed Phase II field work and analysis. Testing crew observed coring in the wrong places in $2 million endeavor that ends up yielding accurate information nevertheless.

BRENTWOOD’S TOXIC GRAVE
LA Weekly – December 10, 2009
Soldiers’ tombstones in biomedical nuclear dump are missed or ignored by contractors conducting $1 million radiation testing. Revelations of VA-leased Brentwood School athletic fields contamination surface.

ATOMIC TOMBSTONES
EnviroReporter.com – December 9, 2009
The breadth of the discarded grave markers is laid as bare as the marble bearing the names of soldiers and sailors in Brentwood’s secret nuclear dump. California Senator Feinstein and staff knew of dumping nearly two years before exposé published.

DERELICTION OF DUTY
EnviroReporter.com – December 9, 2009
Tombstones with service personnel names visible tossed into the dump against regulations become visible in ghoulish display of disrespect.


SCHOOLED FOR SCANDAL
EnviroReporter.com – December 19, 2007
VA resents having to spend $1 million to test dump. Brentwood School football field built over used syringes dumped years before.



Million Dollar MaybeMILLION DOLLAR MAYBE
Los Angeles CityBeat – September 13, 2007
VA commits to further Brentwood nuke dump study, though uncertainty remains.



Nuke Em High LACBNUKE ‘EM HIGH
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – August 16, 2007
Unearthing the VA dump’s dirty secrets raises more questions than answers.



Hide and SeekHIDE AND SEEK
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – February 22, 2007
Brentwood School study finds no radiation on campus land leased from the VA, but bigger questions remain unanswered.


Nuclear ReactionsNUCLEAR REACTIONS
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – December 7, 2006
Veterans Administration begins testing for radioactive waste beneath popular dog park and surrounding areas including Brentwood School. Los Angeles Times credits EnviroReporter.com for its latest discovery.

Digging up the DirtDIGGING UP THE DIRT
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – June 29, 2006
Radioactive dog park exposé inspires calls for new investigation by local and federal officials who demand independent tests of VA’s dump.


11-14-57WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED
EnviroReporter.com – May 25, 2006
Animal and human radiation testing helped fill Brentwood dump with toxins poisonous for thousands of years. Gruesome experiments were justified by VA and UCLA doctors at the time. [WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT]

Where the Bodies are Buried LACBWHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – May 25, 2006
Feature enraged newspaper readers with tales of cruel animal and human radiation experimentation during Cold War. Not for the squeamish. Shorter version of EnviroReporter.com article of same title.

img_3317_gif_smallREAL HOT PROPERTY
EnviroReporter.com – May 18, 2006
Comprehensive investigation of biomedical nuclear dump in Brentwood, California was debut feature of EnviroReporter.com. Groundbreaking work is result of a five-year investigation.

Real Hot Property LACBREAL HOT PROPERTY
Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – May 18, 2006
Cover story was soon on KNBC-Channel 4 News which documented shocked reactions of Brentwood residents and dog lovers. Shorter version of EnviroReporter.com exposé of same name.

Exclusive 2019 Update: VICTORY AT THE VA – West LA Veterans Administration master plan protects old nuclear dump from development