Field of secrets: The Santa Susana Fi...

Field of secrets: The Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup saga hits 20

There are 21 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jun 20, 2009, titled Field of secrets: The Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup saga hits 20. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

BEFORE the spring of 1989, all most people knew of the Santa Susana Field Lab were the occasional rocket tests that sent a thundering boom across the Valley and shook the homes in West Hills, Chatsworth and Simi Valley, near the hilltop facility.

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Chris Rowe

AOL

#1 Jun 20, 2009
The Santa Susana Mountain Area Committee (SSMAC) of the West Hills Neighborhood Council has been looking at this issue for years.
Last month, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, NASA, the federal GSA, and the DOE were present at the monthly meeting of this committee.
This week in fact - the federal EPA - who is in charge of the radiological "Background Studies" and the characteization of the site for radionuclides - will be speaking at the SSMAC Committee.
This meeting is a public meeting. It is held monthly at the Fairwinds Retirement Center in West Hills.
The meeting date is Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 7:00 PM.
The Santa Susana Field Lab is not the only thing on the agenda this month.
If you have any questions about how to get to thiis meeting, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
get a life

Anaheim, CA

#2 Jun 20, 2009
Hasn't there been several deaths attributed to the toxic contamination of the land??? Isn't that enough to get the politicians off their butts???
TheAeroSpacedoto rg

Burbank, CA

#3 Jun 21, 2009
I encourage a visit to ACME:
Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education
Browse the gallery, maps, documents, & photos.

Upcoming Special Events:
Thurs. June 25th 6:30-9:00 pm
SSFL101 - A Mind Blowing Educational Mixer
Learn the basics, SSFL Then & Now, Historical Film Shorts and Q&A
ACME - 23350 Lake Manor Drive Chatsworth CA
July 10th & 11th 8:00 pm (in Silverlake, location below)
EARTHWALK DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
POISONED - Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Sodium Reactor Experiment
Studio A Dance 2306 Hyperion Ave. Silverlake CA
Limited engagement & seating.
For tickets to this modern dance production by one of LA's up and coming choreographers please visit:
http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/69533

Monday July 13, 6:30 at ACME:
SSFL's Sodium Reactor Experiment 50th Anniversary
Special guests include former workers, specialists on nuclear policy and representatives of regulatory agencies
www.acmela.org/sre.html

SEE YOU THERE.
TheAeroSpace

Burbank, CA

#4 Jun 21, 2009
I encourage a visit to ACME and have put their location and upcoming events below.
Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education
Browse the gallery, maps, documents, & photos.
Upcoming Special Events:
Thurs. June 25th 6:30-9:00 pm
SSFL101 - A Mind Blowing Educational Mixer
Learn the basics, SSFL Then & Now, Historical Film Shorts and Q&A
ACME - 23350 Lake Manor Drive Chatsworth CA
July 10th & 11th 8:00 pm (in Silverlake, location below)
EARTHWALK DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
POISONED - Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Sodium Reactor Experiment
Studio A Dance 2306 Hyperion Ave. Silverlake CA
Limited engagement & seating.
For tickets to this modern dance production by one of LA's up and coming choreographers please visit:
http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/69533
Monday July 13, 6:30 at ACME:
SSFL's Sodium Reactor Experiment 50th Anniversary
Special guests include former workers, specialists on nuclear policy and representatives of regulatory agencies
www.acmela.org/sre.html
SEE YOU THERE.
TheAeroSpace.org

Since: Jun 09

Burbank, CA

#5 Jun 21, 2009
Dear Get-A-Life,

Sadly, no... people dying is not enough to get politicians off their butts. This is evident in over 200 sites across the nation, where atomic testing and research left behind untold contamination, and where accidents, recklessness and greed resulted in exposures to workers and communities. Really great book: ATOMIC HARVEST by Michael D'Antonio ... Does a great job of telling the story behind the saga of our nation's nuclear legacy, as well as the decisions - many made BY the politicians - to conveniently ignore or placate the people. It is truly a legacy of deceit, one which too many remain unaware.

During today's energy concerns, it would be wise that we pay attention to history so that we can avoid repeating it, and make better decisions. Check out the book ... you'll be glad you did.

See ya at ACME.
DB
TheAeroSpace.org
whocaresaslongas Idontpay

La Quinta, CA

#6 Jun 21, 2009
Your committee is a joke, everybody knows that!
Chris Rowe wrote:
The Santa Susana Mountain Area Committee (SSMAC) of the West Hills Neighborhood Council has been looking at this issue for years.
Last month, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, NASA, the federal GSA, and the DOE were present at the monthly meeting of this committee.
This week in fact - the federal EPA - who is in charge of the radiological "Background Studies" and the characteization of the site for radionuclides - will be speaking at the SSMAC Committee.
This meeting is a public meeting. It is held monthly at the Fairwinds Retirement Center in West Hills.
The meeting date is Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 7:00 PM.
The Santa Susana Field Lab is not the only thing on the agenda this month.
If you have any questions about how to get to thiis meeting, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
Christina Walsh

La Quinta, CA

#7 Jun 21, 2009
Join us at Santa Susana 101 on Thursday June 25th 6:30pm at ACME
Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education is located in Chatsworth at 23350 Lake Manor Drive, 91311 acmela.org/

SSFL101 - A Mind Blowing Educational Mixer
Learn the basics, SSFL Then & Now, Historical Film Shorts and Q&A
ACME - 23350 Lake Manor Drive Chatsworth CA
July 10th & 11th 8:00 pm (in Silverlake, location below)
EARTHWALK DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
POISONED - Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Sodium Reactor Experiment
Studio A Dance 2306 Hyperion Ave. Silverlake CA
Limited engagement & seating.
For tickets to this modern dance production by one of LA's up and coming choreographers please visit:
http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/69533

Monday July 13, 6:30 at ACME:
SSFL's Sodium Reactor Experiment 50th Anniversary
Special guests include former workers, specialists on nuclear policy and representatives of regulatory agencies
www.acmela.org/sre.html

“Be the change you want to see!”

Since: Dec 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#8 Jun 21, 2009
"But 20 years ago last month, the Daily News obtained and reported on an environmental survey that, for the first time, revealed extensive toxic and radioactive contamination from a 290-acre U.S. Atomic Energy Commission nuclear research facility located at lab."
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That was when the Daily News was still considered a newspaper.

They can rest on their laurels if they'd like,
but today it is nothing more than a liberal mouthpiece
and birdcage liner material.
Marge

San Diego, CA

#9 Jun 21, 2009
I hope that the Daily News will do a feature article on July 13th, the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Meltdown. You have already received comments including the names and e-mail address of some of the activists, many of whom have been working on this issue for years.
This was the largest nuclear meltdown in US history,and it was kept completely secret for the first 20 years. The meltdown was at least 250 times larger than the three mile island disaster, and has caused a great many cancer deaths.
The human drama involved, and the struggles of the environmental activists would make a great article for the Daily News.
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance, and thank you for publishing this article.
[email protected]
Marge

San Diego, CA

#10 Jun 21, 2009
Please correct my previous comment. THE SANTA SUSANA NUCLEAR MELTDOWN WAS KEPT SECRET FOR THE FIRST 50 YEARS. (not just 20 years).
SicknToxicDowney

Glendale, CA

#11 Jun 21, 2009
Shhh another sneaky secret.... Kaiser Permanente Built their NEW Medical Center on the NASA/ Boeing Downey Site with 70 years of known TOXIC Waste. It was a SUPERFUND site. Downey was the home of the REACTOR before Santa Suzana had the melt down. The Downey Industrial Facility was the home of Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Radio-active Activities. There have been many illnesses and deaths in the surrounding communities that the surrounding communities should start questioning in regards to this property. They should ask why Bellflower waited Ten Years to address their TOXIC Water Pollution Issues and shifting the cost of MILLIONS of $ onto the Residents. The City of Downey, would like everyone to believe the Facility was nothing more than a Factory where a few airplanes were built or a few scientific papers were written. If that were the case, then why is there an Elevator thats big enough for an 18 Wheeler Truck that leads to underground or why didn't they find a 3.000 Gal underground storage tank that was permitted to hold deadly Herbicides. We should ask WHY!!!!!
Marge

San Diego, CA

#12 Jun 21, 2009
In reference to the above comment, the nuclear meltdown was indeed kept completely secret for the first 20 years, but my comment of 50 years (almost) really refers to the secrecy, denial and manipulating that have been characteristic of the polluters who have tried to minimize or obliterate the harm done, almost completely out of existence....for 50 years.
This nuclear disaster has never received an appropriate level of coverage that it deserves, and we all continue to meet people living near the site who have never before heard of the meltdown. We also continually hear of new first time cancer victims who have been affected by the on-going migration of the radioactive and toxic chemical contaminents from the Fiels Lab down into surrounding communities nearby.
We really are still dealing with a 50 year long tragedy!
Just My Opinion

Tujunga, CA

#13 Jun 21, 2009
Belmont HIgh School need I say more.
SicknToxicDowney

Glendale, CA

#14 Jun 21, 2009
whocares.......I pray for mercy on your soul, but I also pray, your bloodstained hands you will not be able to hide nor will you be able to wipe them clean.

Many Documents on the Crimes Against Humanity and Contamination re: DoE-DOD-NASA-Boeing-Downey-Kai ser Permanente

http://downey.kaiserpapers.info
CornJulio

Corona, CA

#15 Jun 22, 2009
get a life wrote:
Hasn't there been several deaths attributed to the toxic contamination of the land??? Isn't that enough to get the politicians off their butts???
Now about the large mass of DDT dumped off the Coast of Palos Verdes about 40 years ago...you know, the one that is so large we can't do anything about it? Except watch marine life die?

“Be the change you want to see!”

Since: Dec 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#16 Jun 22, 2009
CornJulio wrote:
<quoted text>
Now about the large mass of DDT dumped off the Coast of Palos Verdes about 40 years ago...you know, the one that is so large we can't do anything about it? Except watch marine life die?
Washing up on the Malibu beaches.....
Bureaucratic Mess

Pasadena, CA

#17 Jun 22, 2009
It's very dangerous when politically-correct dogma interferes with solid science, just as it's dangerous when government bureaucracy interferes with free trade and the welfare of the citizenry. We're still trying to strike balance between all of the variables.
ShamaTwit

Corona, CA

#18 Jun 22, 2009
Ayahuasca Shaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Washing up on the Malibu beaches.....
No GOMER, that would be a complete lie and distrortion of the facts. Don't you have ANY facts to post? But then, you are nothing more than a TROLL.
TROLL ON, GOMER!!!

Since: Jun 09

Burbank, CA

#19 Jun 22, 2009
The article makes mention of radioactive contamination to the Department of Energy's 290-acre area, known as Area IV. Are we to believe that radiation respects property boundaries? Are we to believe that given behavior by the DOE during this area, they remained exclusive to their designated nuclear area?

Why wasn't the discovery of Radium in the Area I Burn Pit last year mentioned? Or the more recent discovery of Barium? What about the McClaren-Hart study which found traces of Plutonium in the drainage channels? Or the historic document licensing the Atomic Energy Commission to store Strontium-90 in Area I? Or the DOE-authored report from their Office of Environmental Audit, which detailed DOE HAZARDOUS WASTE being stored in Area II of the SSFL?

Should we give them the benefit of the doubt? Have we learned anything from history? With off-site debris fields found as recently as 2008, along with their behavior at sites across the nation for decades, I think it would be wise to consider their contamination likely extends well beyond their 290-acre parcel of the SSFL.

Something to ponder... or read about, if you care to research historic documents detailing their rampant waste disposal across all areas of the facility.
ShamaTwit

Corona, CA

#20 Jun 22, 2009
Ayahuasca Shaman wrote:
"But 20 years ago last month, the Daily News obtained and reported on an environmental survey that, for the first time, revealed extensive toxic and radioactive contamination from a 290-acre U.S. Atomic Energy Commission nuclear research facility located at lab."
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That was when the Daily News was still considered a newspaper.
They can rest on their laurels if they'd like,
but today it is nothing more than a liberal mouthpiece
and birdcage liner material.
Back then it was a rag called The Valley Green Sheet. Once again, your racist, idiotic posts distort the facts completely.
TROLL ON, GOMER!!!

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