2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:28:59 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FORMER SITES: Former Naval Ordnance Testing Facility, Pasadena, CA
Stop Toxic Housing in Pasadena
November 18, 2020

Although for decades the former Naval Ordnance Testing Facility, Pasadena, did secret, classified development, testing, and manufacturing of weapons, including nuclear missiles, it has never been cleaned up. The sister facility of Jet Propulsion Labs, its toxins are up to a million times higher than allowed. They cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to the brain, kidneys, multiple other organs, and are especially harmful to children. California regulators called the site “an imminent and substantial” danger.

Supported by nearly 2000 Pasadena residents, our local, all-volunteer, citizens’ group, Stop Toxic Housing in Pasadena, recently filed notice it would appeal a non-jury decision by a single judge. That decision allows developer Trammell Crow to build 550 apartments on the toxic site, without first performing full cleanup. Our group’s slogan and philosophy is “Affordable Housing Yes, Toxic Housing No.”

The fundamental problem is that Trammell Crow is claiming to do full cleanup, but its own scientific documents show the opposite. For instance, in August 2019 Trammell Crow sent Pasadena residents a glossy brochure that claimed it would clean up the toxic site “to highest state standards.” Trammell Crow repeatedly made similar statements to the city; at the 4-15-19 Pasadena City Council meeting, Brad Cox of Trammell Crow again assured everyone that his company would complete a “thorough and safe cleanup of the existing soil contaminants


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650-961-8918

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