$41.5 Million EPA Investigation Finds High Levels of Radiation in California
December 14th, 2012
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TheÂ Santa Susana Field LaboratoryÂ is a complex of industrial research and development facilities located on a 2,668-acre (1,080Â ha)Â portion of theÂ Southern CaliforniaÂ Simi HillsÂ inÂ Simi Valley,Â California, used mainly for the testing and development ofÂ liquid-propellant rocket enginesÂ for theÂ United States space programÂ from 1949 to 2006,Â Â nuclear reactorsÂ from 1953 to 1980 and the operation of a U.S. government-sponsored liquid metals research center from 1966 to 1998.Â
The site is located approximately 7 miles (11Â km) northwest from the community ofÂ Canoga ParkÂ and approximately 30 miles (48Â km) northwest ofÂ Downtown Los Angeles.Â Sage Ranch ParkÂ is adjacent on part of the northern boundary and the community ofÂ Bell CanyonÂ along the entire southern boundary.Â â€”Â Wikipedia
ByÂ Shepard Ambellas
In 2009, the Department of Energy and governmental stimulus funds brought $41.5 million dollars to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an investigation into claims that the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and surrounding area is contaminated with radiation.
As a result of that investigation, the EPA has now deemed that the land toxic and contaminated with high levels of radiation.
Teresa RochesterÂ writes;
The survey, which includes test results of samples of groundwater, sediment and subsurface soil in the Northern Buffer Zone and Area IV, which was once home to 10 small nuclear reactors, found about 10 percent of them exceeded background levels established by twoÂ laboratories.
Those background levels were going to be used to plot the cleanup of radiological contamination at the site, which will be overseen by Californiaâ€™s Department of Toxic SubstancesÂ Controlâ€¦.
â€¦.Â Radionuclides such as strontium-90, cesium-137 and tritium were found in some samples that exceeded EPAâ€™s backgroundÂ limits.
EPA officials collected 3,735 soil and sediment samples and 215 groundwater and surface samples from the site. Of the 34 surface water samples collected, two instances of maximum contamination levels being exceeded, while four areas had high levels of contamination in sediment. There were nearly 300 instances of Cesium-137 in soil samples exceeding maximum levels, while 153 samples had levels of Strontium-90 that far exceeded the backgroundÂ level.
Local residents and nuclear watchdog activists just want to see the site cleaned as promised.
Radiation levels have recently been a major topic of concern after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster that took place in Japan causing the spread of harmful radiation throughout the atmosphere.
Still yet, as of 2012, many former nuclear testing sites like the Santa Susana Field LaboratoryÂ remain contaminated.
Diabolic individuals and governments seem to want to continue the use of nuclear technology despite major breakthroughs in clean, green, efficient energy technologies.
In fact, in most cases, nuclear power companies have suppressed clean energy technology in order to continue to line their pockets at the possible health expense of the American people.
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