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Radioactive Waste Fell On Some LA-Area Neighborhoods During 2018 Woolsey Fire, New Study Shows (NBC)

CBGOct 18, 20211 min read

High levels of radioactive particles landed in neighborhoods from Thousand Oaks to Simi Valley during the massive 2018 Woolsey fire, which started at the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab, according to a peer-reviewed study just published by a team of…

Study finds radioactive contamination migrated off field lab site during Woolsey Fire (VC Star)

CBGOct 17, 20211 min read

“A new study has found that radioactive contamination migrated from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site during the 2018 Woolsey Fire into Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and other neighboring communities.The study contradicts a report by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control…

MSNBC Films Acquires SSFL Documentary ‘In the Dark of the Valley’

CBGOct 11, 20211 min read

A fight for answers as to why their children were battling rare cancers forms the crux of “In the Dark of the Valley,” the newest acquisition by MSNBC Films, a nascent unit that hopes to build the cable-news network’s pipeline…

Valley activists, residents head to Sacramento to demand cleanup of contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab (LA Daily News)

CBGSep 2, 20211 min read

Organizers of the demonstration said the California Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Toxic Substances Control, the regulatory agency overseeing the investigation and cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at the SSFL, failed to hold polluters accountable, allowing them to…

Dan Hirsch radio interview on KTRC Santa Fe

CBGAug 5, 20211 min read

Dan spent a half hour on Santa Fe-based radio station KTRC talking with host Richard Eeds about radioactive waste at Los Alamos. Listen to the full interview here!

Report: Some Los Alamos nuclear waste too hazardous to move (Santa Fe New Mexican)

CBGAug 3, 20211 min read

Los Alamos National Laboratory has identified 45 barrels of radioactive waste so potentially explosive — due to being mixed with incompatible chemicals — that crews have been told not to move them and instead block off the area around the…

Thirteen Organizations Oppose John D. Graham’s Membership on National Academies’ Low-Dose Radiation Committee

CBGJul 27, 20212 min read

On July 22, a comment letter signed by thirteen environmental and public interest groups was sent to the National Academies’ Committee on Developing a Long-Term Strategy for Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States, opposing the provisional membership thereon of…

NASA will dismantle two test sites at toxic Santa Susana Field Lab area (LA Daily News)

CBGJun 29, 20211 min read

Supporters of a complete cleanup of the site responded warily. Critics say that NASA already agreed under the terms of a binding deal with the state in 2010 to clean the soil on to the most stringent standard and tearing…

LA Times Today: Santa Susana nuclear meltdown

CBGJun 14, 20211 min read

LA Times Today featured a segment on SSFL, including an interview with Melissa Bumstead and clips from the forthcoming SSFL documentary film In the Dark of the Valley. You can watch the whole LA Times Today segment here.

The dark legacy of a nuclear meltdown, and what it means for climate change (LA Times)

CBGMay 24, 20211 min read

“The ongoing contamination at Santa Susana, and the voices of the mothers fighting for their children’s safety, are a reminder that nuclear energy carries great risks. Maybe new technology will make nukes safer, and the federal government will finally build…

California and Boeing Mediating Cleanup Dispute at Former Nuke Site Near Simi Valley, Worrying Activists

CBGFeb 17, 20211 min read

“The state and Boeing have quietly begun mediating the long-planned cleanup of the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory site near Simi Valley, a move activists and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks fear will water down the cleanup.” Read the full…