The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL or Rocketdyne), north of Los Angeles, burned in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire, threatening toxic exposures from contaminated dust, smoke, ash, and soil. In the 1940s, SSFL with its 10 experimental nuclear reactors was developed for research and weapons testing. In 1959, it suffered an uncontained partial meltdown of at least one sodium reactor referred to by experts as the worst nuclear disaster in U.S history, and the fourth largest release of iodine-131 in the history of nuclear power. Until 1979 the incident and the toxic waste byproduct that still pollutes the ground water, air, and soil was kept secret.
Jessica Aldridge discusses the issues with Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, and Melissa Bumstead, Mother and local advocate, and a founder of Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab.
On this episode we interview Dr. Nick Jensen, of California Native Plant Society and Urban Planner Jack Eidt of SoCal 350 Climate Action on the proposal to build more than 19,000 homes at Centennial in the middle of a mountain-grassland wilderness on the far edge of Los Angeles County. (Read the blog here.)
On this episode we interview Nick Lapis from Californians Against Waste on recently passed legislation designed to protect environment and human health, while moving the state toward zero waste. (Read the blog here.)