2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:57:30 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, DISPOSAL: Brentwood, CA VA Dump
Brentwood's Toxic Grave
Historic dumping grounds beneath the spectacular VA land finally get tested.

By Michael Collins
LA Weekly (CA)
December 9, 2009

Several days ago, men wearing radiation dosimeters stood on the Veteran Administration's West Los Angeles property, atop an old toxic dump that partially underlies Barrington Recreation Center's baseball fields and a city dog park, and began the federal government's long-delayed $1 million test of the soils.

The men would not identify themselves but one volunteered that they planned to "core" tubes of dirt to test for contamination along the length of a fenced-off drainage system east of the park.

Yet they were drilling in an area covered with 5,000 truckloads of inert fill dirt, according to a VA report. And they were coring far from key areas that the VA's own maps show overlay the disused VA and UCLA medical and chemical dumps, long hidden beneath the VA's chunk of valuable Westside real estate.


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