A handful of protesters yelled and waved signs Monday as trucks loaded with hazardous waste drove past them outside Boeing's Rocketdyne division's Santa Susana Field near Chatsworth.
For the next three to five months, trucks will transport 14,000 tons of chemically contaminated dirt from the former Santa Susana sodium disposal facility to a dump in Kern County, said Rocketdyne spokesman Dan Beck. The action is part of an effort by Boeing to remove contaminates left by past owners at the site, Beck said.
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Los Angeles Times Thursday January 25, 2001 Valley Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Zones Desk 2 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
Waste sites--A story Tuesday misstated where hazardous or toxic waste may be disposed of in California. Some landfills, including the Kern County site set to receive soil contaminated by Rocketdyne, are licensed to receive hazardous waste. None, however, may accept radioactive waste. Also, Department of Health Services spokeswoman Lea Brooks' name was misspelled.
While the protesters were glad the material was being removed, they said they disapproved of where the dirt was being taken. Their signs expressed their sentiments: "Stop Rocketdyne's Illegal Dumping" and "Gov. Davis We are Fed Up."
"They're taking it to an unlicensed facility," said Lorraine Scott of Encino. "They need to take it to a facility licensed in toxic waste."
But Boeing and California Department of Health officials said the waste is not radioactive or toxic, as the protesters claim. "No landfill in California is licensed to take toxic waste," said Leah Brooks, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Health. "That waste is not radioactive, it is hazardous."