Category: Chemical Contamination

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.

Simi Valley Community Asks: Fresh water supply or pipe dream?

The Simi Valley Acorn reports:

A proposal to tap into Simi Valley’s groundwater basin as a source for drinking water drew angst and anger from residents who claim the water has been contaminated by runoff from the Santa Susana Field Lab.

About 30 people urged the City Council on Monday not to act on a study by Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8 that looks at using the basin as a future alternative potable resource.