|Do Not Build in a Hot Zone
Fukushima meltdowns awaken America about the
dangers of radiation
|The Radiation Rangers are horrified at the tragic events in Japan after the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan.
Adding to the misery of the Japanese people, and to the anxiety of people across the globe, is the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear plant meltdowns. Multiple meltdowns with spent fuel rods smouldering and sending a radioactive plume into the
sky. As of this writing, April 7, 2011, the reactors have not gone totally critical.
The radioactive fallout from Japan has already arrived on our shores. Here in California, radioactive Iodine-131 has
been found in San Luis Obispo milk and the highest readings in the state for Iodine-131 one day last week were in
Anaheim. The fallout has been found in Idaho, Washington, Missouri and other midwest states in even higher
concentrations. The only radiation sensor
Don't you wish you could just wake up and the Japanese meltdowns weren't happening and the obscene polluting of
the environment by the most powerful killers on the face of the planet, radionuclides from the cores of breached
reactors. Don't you wish you could do something to protect yourself and your family against radiation? Would you sit
idly by while the government has okayed a development next to America's worst partial nuclear meltdown?
|The best is yet to come...
|Well that's what's happening here in Simi Valley, California where KB
Home is dead set on building a huge development in the shadow of
where America's worst partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor took place!
Shockingly, but not surprisingly, the State of California has given the
go-ahead to this project after a three year investigation by the
Department of Toxic Substances Control which totally ignored the
community's demands for adequate and trustworthy tests of the soil and
blew off testing of Runkle Canyon Creek water saying it wasn't a drinking
water source when it surely is.
DTSC has given the City of Simi Valley the false impression that all is
adequately tested for in Runkle Canyon. It trumpeted in newspapers in
December 2010 that they had re-tested the land with the developers
and that magically the extremely high levels of the deadly radionuclide
Strontium-90 found in earlier developer reports were not trustworthy.
|In 2005, news reports exposed that there was high radiation in Runkle Canyon. Since that time and before, the government has bent over backwards to help
the developer slide around adequate testing of this land. We have called them on it every time. We have produced hundreds of pages of scientific comment
and questions to DTSC, as did other community members, and all of this work was dismissed.
But those dismissals will come back to haunt the department and the City of Simi Valley. They are all available online. The proof that this place has not been
adequately tested, that there is evidence of illegal Rocketdyne debris in Runkle Canyon that the State knew about but has done nothing about, and that the the
department and city know it, will come out soon.
We wish it weren't this way. We had believed that the government would look out after the well being of its citizens. It has not. So we will. Just like we have
always done. New evidence is about to come to light that will make anyone with any sense, and belief in the law, question how we could have come to this place
on the long road to Runkle Canyon.
|Those claims were false. Not only did the toxics department and KB Home
use old outdated methods to retest a limited number of soil samples in the
huge canyon, even with those skewed and inaccurate tests, high
Strontium-90 was found! KB Home's lab that reported their findings, Dade
Moeller, had a whopping 38% failure rate testing soil samples for
Strontium-90, hardly a glowing sign of scientific prowess in the laboratory.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control blew off two extensive water
testing reports, one by the Radiation Rangers and one by the City of Simi
Valley, both of which showed high levels of heavy metals coming down
Runkle Canyon Creek when it's running. DTSC took just two water samples
and declared the water a non issue since there was nothing in it and it
wasn't drinking water. The department was wrong on both counts: the water
we tested was polluted and so was the city's. In addition, the public will soon
learn that the developer has pulled a fast one getting around testing that
water even when ordered to by your Stat government.
Since 2006, the Radiation Rangers of Simi Valley have fought a 461 home
development in Runkle Canyon next to the former Rocketdyne complex, the
Santa Susana Field Laboratory. In 1959, the Sodium Reactor Experiment
partially melted down over two weeks in July releasing between 240 to 459
times more radiation than at the Three Mile Island partial meltdown twenty
|Newest Radiation Ranger
"Wild Bill" Bowling
|The Radiation Rangers are pleased to announce the newest member of their
posse, "Wild Bill" Bowling. This Radiation Ranger rides with a well-known
reputation as one of the most active and accomplished Rocketdyne activists.
Wild Bill is currently building his Aerospace Contamination Museum of Education in
Chatsworth, the second incarnation of the museum he founded and operated in
Lake Shore Manor. The museum is a treasure trove of material related to the
Santa Susana Field Laboratory and includes maps, photos, data bases, reports,
and memorabilia from Rocketdyne that is unsurpassed anywhere.
Cleaning up Rocketdyne is a passion for this Radiation Ranger and he gets
results. In 2007, Wild Bill helped uncover a giant field of Rocketdyne-related debris
in a gully between the lab and adjacent Boy Scout camp Sage Ranch.
The discovery of the contaminated material, including black and grey blocks of
lung-destroying asbestos and broken pipes with the toxic heavy metal antimony,
led to our man contacting the Department of Toxic Substances Control which,
amazingly considering its actions in the last year, ordered an extensive cleanup.
Now Wild Bill has his sights set on Runkle Canyon.
"I have found evidence of Rocketdyne-related material being dumped in Runkle
Canyon that is definitely a danger to the public," says Wild Bill. "The idea that KB
Home could build on this land after it spent years trying to disprove previous
developers' extensive scientific investigations for Strontium-90 contamination in
Runkle Canyon is outrageous.
"I am proud to have become a Radiation Ranger," says Wild Bill. "I will fulfill my
duties as such to the best of my abilities for my fellow Rangers, for my family and
for my Country."