2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 12:53:32 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, DISPOSAL: Santa Susana waste to Kettleman Hills (CA)?
Dispute over radioactive dirt going to Calif site

By NOAKI SCHWARTZ Associated Press Writer
San Jose Mercury New (CA)
December 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Boeing Co. and NASA have applied to the state to haul tainted soil from a partial nuclear meltdown at a former rocket test lab to a San Joaquin Valley dump that's not licensed to accept radioactive waste.

The proposal before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has been assailed by activists and residents who live near the cleanup site and the town near the hazardous waste site.

If radioactive waste is allowed to go to Kettleman facility it could create "a defacto unlicensed radioactive dump at a place not designed for it," said Dan Hirsch, who heads the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear policy group focused on the cleanup at the former nuclear testing site.

The dirt was dug up as part of a cleanup effort at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Los Angeles, where rocket engines were tested for years and a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor took place in 1959. The U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and Boeing are responsible for a cleanup that is being overseen by the state and could potentially cost $1 billion.


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