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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...
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...
News Story
11/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Now the department is trying to clean up its act. When a business is dealing with toxic waste in what’s considered a...
News Story
10/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Boeing Co. has postponed controversial demolition work of a radioactive building on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site after a judge indicated he was likely to issue a temporary injunction against the work. In a ruling made Thursday, Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner agreed to temporarily grant a preliminary injunction against Boeing,...