This SSFL Work Group video, published on Jan 26, 2019, is entitled “DOE and DTSC break SSFL cleanup agreements” and accurately explains how these federal and state departments are telling the public that they’ll leave about 98% of the radioactive and chemical goo at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
John Pace describes what happened in this gripping eyewitness account to the partial nuclear meltdown of the Sodium Reactor Experiment in 1959. Pace was also the subject of the Joan Bien and Michael Collins-authored 2009 feature “50 YEARS AFTER AMERICA’S WORST NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.”
Before the December 12, 2012 EPA meeting in Simi Valley, California, where the agency tried to explain how it had burned through $41.5 million for the radiation testing of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, clean up Rocketdyne activists and community members held a press conference. Dan Hirsch, of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, and Dr. Robert Dodge of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, discuss the incredibly high amounts of radiation the EPA failed to account for and what that radiation – Cesium-137, Strontium-90 and Plutonium 239/240 does to human beings. Incredibly informative, moving and the kind of thing that makes decent people’s blood boil.
This is the $41.5 million ball of wax with this reporter asking the EPA when they figured out that they couldn’t deliver on their obligation to come up with a “look-up table” of background measurements for 55 radionuclides so that the cleanup of Rocketdyne could begin. Several labored excuses later, nuclear watchdog and Rocketdyne activist Dan Hirsch sets the record straight: EPA blew tens of millions on a comprehensive study only to jettison its own work at the last minute. Hirsch demands an investigation for misappropriation of taxpayer money. When watching this short tape, the clear hooey being proffered by the EPA does strongly suggest that the agency has defrauded the American people and cheated the people around Rocketdyne who have fought 23 years for a real study. Now they have been told to get lost in this part of the tangled, but untangling, web of deceit that is Boeing’s Meltdown Makeover.
This Emmy-awarding winning CBS-22/KCAL-9 segment features members of the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition who have fought to clean up radiological and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory for over 23 years.
Assemblymember Julia Brownley introducing SB-990 – Part 1
Assemblymember Julia Brownley introducing SB-990 – Part 2
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Health Risks Briefing – California State Senator Sheila Kuehl