2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:46:36 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Homes proposed downwind from Santa Susana Field Lab (CA)
'Simi, we have a problem'
Runkle Canyon radiation report spells trouble

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter (CA)
February 19, 2009

Nearly 50 people filled Simi Valley City Hall chambers late last month in a much-anticipated Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) meeting about environmental conditions in Runkle Canyon. The 1,595-acre property is where KB Home hopes to build 461 homes. The project, approved in 2004 by the city, has been stalled for four years by revelations that radiological, chemical and heavy metal contamination may have made this picturesque place too polluted to develop.

The gathering included a local residents group called the Radiation Rangers that opposes the development. The meeting was to discuss a "response plan" prepared by the developer to address, in part, Runkle Canyon radiation contamination first exposed by the Reporter (See cover story, "Which Way the Wind Blows," March 17, 2005.) The response plan is part of a "voluntary cleanup agreement" signed between KB Home and DTSC in April 2008.

Runkle Canyon abuts the Boeing-owned Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Commonly known as Rocketdyne, the astronomically polluted 2,850-acre lab is undergoing a multi-million-dollar cleanup under the direction of DTSC scheduled for completion in 2017.


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