2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 11 Sep 2004 08:16:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Santa Susana Tritium
Radioactive tritium found in highest levels yet at lab

By Kerry Cavanaugh
Los Angeles Daily News
September 9, 2004

SIMI VALLEY -- High levels of radioactive tritium were detected in two
new test wells at the Santa Susana Field Lab, confirming the existence
of a radioactive plume at the former nuclear research facility,
officials said Thursday. 

The U.S. Department of Energy drilled the test wells after discovering
tritium earlier this year in the groundwater at the northern edge of the
research site in the Simi Hills, where Rocketdyne operated a nuclear
reactor. The DOE now plans to drill additional wells to determine the
source of the plume, its size, and the speed and direction of its movement.

"The reactor was in operation 40 years ago and the plume still appears
close to the source. It hasn't moved off site," said Majelle Lee,
project manager with Boeing Co., which owns the lab.

The tainted groundwater is not used for drinking and does not pose a
health risk to the public or neighbors, officials said.


for the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
Military mailing list

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] Alaska Agent Orange?
Next by Date: [CPEO-MEF] El Toro sale planned
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Alaska Agent Orange?
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] El Toro sale planned

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index