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August 18, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lead singer for Motley Crue has sued Boeing North American Inc. claiming that his daughter's death by cancer in 1995 was caused by radioactive material dumped in the soil and ground water near his former home near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Vince Neil and his ex-wife, Sharise, bought a home in Chatsworth in 1991, a few miles east of Boeing's Rocketdyne Division. Boeing acquired the property in 1996 when it bought Rockwell International's aerospace and defense businesses.
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November 2, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Boeing Co. obtained a revised permit Thursday for handling rainwater runoff at its heavily contaminated and now shuttered nuclear power and rocket-testing lab in the hills above Simi Valley, despite heated protests from environmentalists. The revisions, which were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, essentially lowered the risk of Boeing getting fined for exceeding mandated contamination levels of storm runoff.
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March 28, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal judge on Monday dismissed lawsuits filed by 60 plaintiffs alleging that rocket testing and research at Rocketdyne facilities caused them to develop cancer and related illnesses. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins also hinted that she would consider decertifying a class-action suit against Boeing North American, Rocketdyne's parent company. Based on her review of some cases, she said the claims may be substantially different from each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) has introduced a bill to speed up federal benefit payments to former workers of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory who can link their illnesses to their jobs at the onetime Department of Energy facility. In the last seven years, 355 former employees have filed 677 benefit claims against the DOE, but only 56 claims have been paid, according to Gallegly's office. The claims were filed under the Energy Employees Illness Compensation Act.
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March 11, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Neighbors of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory sued the aerospace firm's parent company in federal court Monday, alleging that decades of nuclear and chemical research at the mountaintop complex poisoned their land and water and gave them cancer. Ten plaintiffs from Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley filed a class-action suit against Boeing North American Inc., which in December bought the 2,668-acre research complex that its Rocketdyne division still runs.
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April 9, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until the explosion united them in death, Larry A. Pugh and Otto K. Heiney had led almost parallel lives. Born of working-class parents in Rust Belt towns, the two Rocketdyne physicists grew up on nearly identical paths. They pursued bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, hungering for knowledge long past the point when most students quit: Pugh published 25 books in his field, while Heiney was a member of Mensa.
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January 5, 2002 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retired Rocketdyne mechanic testified Friday that he and four others were disposing of waste materials at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth in 1994 when an explosion killed two veteran scientists. Lee Wells, 70, of Newbury Park said he watched chemical engineer Otto K. Heiney pour a liquid into an aluminum box as he prepared to burn the chemical mixture at a secluded outdoor test site.
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October 20, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding a seven-month study, Rocketdyne officials Monday released off-site soil testing results that show no evidence of harmful chemicals or nuclear compounds migrating from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory to the nearby Bell Canyon neighborhood.
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July 12, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal judge has dismissed the class-action portion of a lawsuit brought by neighbors of four Rocketdyne facilities in Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley, saying the claims were not similar enough to warrant the designation. The suit claims that harmful chemicals and radionuclides seeped out of the rocket testing and research facilities, which include the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, contaminating the surrounding area and causing cancer and other serious illnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would reconsider whether to add Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley to the federal Superfund cleanup list. The agency, which has assessed portions of the former rocket- and nuclear-testing facility since 1980, has decided for the first time to analyze the entire 2,800-acre hilltop lab.
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April 13, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would reconsider whether to add Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley to the federal Superfund cleanup list. The agency, which has assessed portions of the former rocket- and nuclear-testing facility since 1980, has decided for the first time to analyze the entire 2,800-acre hilltop lab.
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September 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Boeing Co. has settled a group of lawsuits brought by residents who said contamination from a Rocketdyne plant caused cancer and other illnesses. Terms of the agreement, which settles cases dating back to 1997, were confidential, Boeing spokesman Dan Beck said Wednesday -- the same day jury selection was scheduled to start in the case in federal court in Los Angeles.
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March 21, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Critics of the cleanup of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab near Simi Valley say water samples being taken to determine radioactivity and other contamination are being filtered before testing -- skewing the results. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote last week to federal Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman criticizing his agency's cleanup methods.
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February 2, 2005 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Boeing Co. is close to selling its storied Rocketdyne rocket engine manufacturing business in the west San Fernando Valley to United Technologies Corp. in a deal potentially worth about $500 million, industry sources said Tuesday. The sale of Rocketdyne, which helped pioneer space exploration in the 1960s, has been rumored as Boeing has struggled to turn a profit in the space launch business. The possible sale to Hartford, Conn.
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August 4, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday requiring home developers to test for contaminants before building within two miles of the Rocketdyne field lab in the Simi Hills. The ordinance was approved on a 3-2 vote over the objections of defense contractor Boeing, which owns the site, and Supervisors Judy Mikels and Kathy Long.
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July 20, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Two environmental groups announced Monday that they intended to sue the Department of Energy for allegedly violating federal law in its cleanup of nuclear and chemical contamination at Boeing's Rocketdyne field laboratory near Chatsworth. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Committee to Bridge the Gap say the Energy Department's cleanup plan for the site -- where U.S.
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April 25, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to sway a federal judge, a group of Rocketdyne neighbors is taking a second stab at turning litigation against the aerospace giant into a class-action lawsuit. In October, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins shot down the neighbors' first attempt, saying the scope of their lawsuit for property damage was too broad to meet the exacting demands of class-action law.
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May 21, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials have found high levels of radioactivity in deep groundwater at Boeing's Rocketdyne field lab near Simi Valley, the site of a partial nuclear meltdown 45 years ago. Although the contamination poses no risk to the public or the environment, officials said, the discovery of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, warrants further testing to determine the scope of the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Development around Boeing's Rocketdyne test facility near Simi Valley would be subject to another layer of environmental review if Ventura County supervisors move forward with a proposal by board member Linda Parks. The Board of Supervisors this week stopped short of endorsing Parks' proposed guidelines outright, instead directing county staff members to report back on whether the guidelines can be implemented without undue cost to individual landowners.
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