“NASA signed a legally binding agreement in 2010 to fully clean up SSFL by 2017, but the soil cleanup hasn’t even begun, and now they say they will break that agreement and leave most of its contamination permanently on site instead of starting the soil cleanup.
Where Is The Santa Susana Field Lab?
Located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in southeastern Ventura County, near the crest of the Simi Hills at the western border of the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is a world-renowned research facility.
What Happened At The Santa Susana Field Lab?
A partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the site in the late 1950s, which was one of ten nuclear reactor sites at the time. There were open-air burnpits where radioactive and toxic waste was burned for years. Chemicals and radiation were released into the soil, groundwater, and buildings as a result of those activities.
Is Bell Canyon Contaminated?
A seven-month study by Rocketdyne concluded Monday that soil testing conducted off-site at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory did not reveal any evidence of harmful chemicals or nuclear compounds migrating to nearby Bell Canyon.
Who Owns Santa Susana Field Lab?
Since 1990, three California state agencies and three federal agencies have been investigating the environmental impacts of historical site operations at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The Boeing Company acquired the site in 1996 and closed it later that year.
Is The Santa Susana Field Lab Cleaned Up?
As part of a legally binding agreement with the state, NASA has decided to clean up contaminated soil at its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site to a less stringent standard than it had previously agreed to. Protesters and local officials were angered by the decision made last week by the federal agency.
What Happened As A Result Of The Rocketdyne Incident?
Radiation exposure at Rocketdyne has been linked to an increased risk of cancer of the blood and lymph systems among nuclear workers. Radiation exposure also resulted in higher cancer death rates among workers.
Is Santa Susana Field Laboratory A Superfund Site?
Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSML) is a US EPA Superfund site.
How Did The Sodium Reactor Experiment Happen?
As tetralin decayed by high-temperature sodium in July 1959, it was seen in the primary coolant system through a pump seal. As a result of the decomposition of tetralin, several narrow cooling channels used by sodium to remove heat from the reactor fuel elements were blocked.
What Was At Santa Susana Site?
From 1948 until 2006, the Santa Susana Field Lab – located in Chatsworth, Simi Valley, and Canoga Park – was a nuclear testing site for America’s space exploration programs. A partial nuclear meltdown – which was covered up – released radiation into the atmosphere in July 1959.