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News Story
1/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Sacramento judge has denied the Boeing Co.’s motion that argued that demolition and disposal of old buildings on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can proceed without any intervention by state regulators. The ruling, made last week, means that the issue will continue on to a court hearing to determine the role of the California Department...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from the site of a partial nuclear meltdown near Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog said today. “This is an...
News Story
6/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
July will mark the 55th anniversary of the partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the hills near Simi Valley. That event occurred from July 12 to July 26, 1959, which some have described as the longest nuclear accident in history. Now, the debate over how to clean up the extensively polluted field lab land, groundwater...
News Story
6/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Any way you cut it, the situation at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site outside Simi Valley is a mess. The 2,850-acre former rocket engine test center is contaminated by a vast menu of radioactive isotopes and toxic chemicals. The condition of its soil, groundwater and structures makes it one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state,...
News Story
6/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group, is accusing Boeing Co. of hindering efforts to properly clean up its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Simi Valley. Boeing owns about 80 percent of the former field lab, including a portion known as Area IV that experienced a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959. The rest of the...
News Release
6/5/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new report released by Consumer Watchdog today documents how Boeing and its influential fixers derailed the cleanup of a partial nuclear meltdown site in greater Los Angeles with help from their regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). “When Governor Jerry Brown took office in 2011 and...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In 1979, a nuclear power reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown. There was widespread anxiety nationwide. As a reporter at KNBC, Channel 4, I reported that a similar accident, a much smaller research reactor in the Santa Suzanna Mountains, had occurred 20 years earlier — near Los Angeles. Now, all these...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group charged Thursday that Boeing lobbyists persuaded the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to abandon a planned full cleanup of Boeing’s portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab, site of a 1959 partial nuclear meltdown. “Boeing accomplished this reversal by employing fixers to ensure that government officials...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Former state regulators allegedly helped officials with Boeing derail the cleanup of a partial nuclear meltdown site in Simi Valley, according to a new report. “Inside Job”, a six-month investigative report (PDF) from Consumer Watchdog, alleges the aerospace and defense contractor used former regulators...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based advocacy group that has been critical of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control called on Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday to appoint a new director who will raise regulation standards on contaminated sites and bring reform to the agency. In a letter and report sent to Brown, Consumer Watchdog outlined how contaminated...