Category: Chemical Contamination

Massive Woolsey Fire Began On Contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory

CLOSE TO SITE OF PARTIAL MELTDOWN
Electric Substation at SSFL Tripped 2 Minutes Before Fire Reported

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2018

Contact:  Denise Duffield, 310-339-9676 or dduffield@psr-la.org, Melissa Bumstead 818-298-3192 rmelissabumstead@sbcglobal.net, Dan Hirsch, 831-336-8003 or dhirsch1@cruzio.com

The tremendously destructive Woolsey Fire has been widely reported as beginning “near” the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL or Rocketdyne), but it appears that the fire began on the Rocketdyne property itself.  Cal Fire identifies the fire location as E Street and Alfa Road, a location that is in fact on SSFL. It was recently reported

Navy’s Hunters Point retesting plan draws on questionable cost-cutting study

The SF Chronicle reports:

The U.S. Navy’s latest promise to clean up radioactive soil and buildings at its former San Francisco shipyard relies on an earlier Navy effort to remove less radioactivity in order to cut costs, The Chronicle has learned.

Simi Valley residents protest city proposal to use groundwater over contamination concerns

Fox 11 reports:

Protesters gathered in Simi Valley Monday evening to speak out against a city proposal to use ground water as another source of drinking water, citing concerns about contamination.

In 1959, the Santa Susana field lab in the hills above Simi Valley experienced a partial nuclear meltdown. The former rocket testing facility released massive amounts of radioactive isotopes and dangerous chemicals.

It’s believed the area is still contaminated, and residents believe its to blame for a cluster of rare pediatric cancers.