2008 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:45:49 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Runkle Canyon and Rocketdyne (CA) radiation
Simi group challenges radioactivity test results
Lower strontium 90 levels than rest of city questioned

By Anna Bakalis
Ventura County Star (CA)
January 10, 2008

A group of Simi Valley residents wants to know how an area near a former 
rocket engine and nuclear test site can have lower levels of a 
radioactive isotope than the rest of the city.

A letter was sent by the Rev. John Southwick on behalf of neighbors of 
Runkle Canyon, asking the city to explain the sampling method used to 
test for strontium 90. The radioactive isotope has been linked to 
certain cancers, which led residents to push for additional soil 
testing. The test results were recently released.

"What's strange here is that the SR-90 levels are less than the rest of 
the city. You have to do some strange things to get numbers like that," 
Southwick said.

Laura Behjan, assistant city manager, said she has asked for more raw 
data from the lab that analyzed the samples to satisfy the residents.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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