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January 11, 1992 | CARLOS LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved an additional $500,000 for a worker health study at Rockwell International's Santa Susana Field Laboratory west of Chatsworth, a study previously stalled because of insufficient funding. "A check has been cut," Larry Hart, a Department of Energy spokesman in Washington, said Friday.
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October 30, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The Chumash tribe has expressed interest in buying a 450-acre slice of a contaminated nuclear research facility in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando valleys, hoping to preserve a cave that its members consider sacred. The tribe's inquiries about acquiring part of the 2,849-acre Santa Susana Field Laboratory have stirred concern among some residents who fear the purchase might be a back door to building a casino. "I very much respect their desire to protect sacred sites but I want to make sure any such action precludes the establishment of a casino," Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said.
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July 28, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As relatives mourned two engineers killed at Rockwell International's rocket engine test site near Simi Valley, investigators continued searching Wednesday for clues to the cause of the fatal chemical explosion. Rockwell officials said it could be between 10 days and several weeks before three separate investigations into Tuesday's blast at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory are completed.
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December 11, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility at Boeing's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley should be added to the national Superfund cleanup list. In a letter sent last week to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EPA's San Francisco office recapped the history of chemical and radioactive contamination at the 2,850-acre hilltop lab that first began operations as a nuclear research facility in 1948.
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July 4, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three 30-year-old artillery rounds were unearthed on Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory, leaving neighbors of the aerospace giant concerned despite assurances by company officials that the munitions are small and "innocuous." Half a dozen employees working on a $55-million project to clean up the field lab of chemical and nuclear contaminants found the cylindrical shells in a ravine beneath 20 feet of dense scrub brush and rocky dirt, Rocketdyne spokesman Dan Beck confirmed Friday.
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March 18, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Energy today will begin the most extensive safety and environmental inspection ever of its energy research and testing facilities at Rockwell International's Santa Susana Field Laboratory. A 40-member team of environmental, safety and health experts will conduct the inspection, focusing on a 290-acre portion of the 2,668-acre complex once used for government-sponsored nuclear research and testing. The Santa Susana lab is in the hills southeast of Simi Valley.
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December 21, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breaking a two-month silence on the sensitive issue of future nuclear work at their Santa Susana Field Laboratory, top officials of Rockwell International's Rocketdyne division said next year's planned closure of the "hot lab" at Santa Susana spells the end of the nuclear era at the test site west of Chatsworth.
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December 19, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breaking a two-month silence on the sensitive issue of future nuclear work at their Santa Susana Field Laboratory, top officials of Rockwell International's Rocketdyne division said next year's planned closure of the "hot lab" at Santa Susana spells the end of the nuclear era at the test site west of Chatsworth.
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October 14, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An administrative judge for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied Friday that he overstepped his authority in ordering Rockwell International to answer questions about its Santa Susana Field Laboratory west of Chatsworth, including inquiries into past leaks and spills of chemical and radioactive contaminants. Judge Peter B.
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September 8, 1999
Ahmanson Ranch abuts Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory and is the closest adjacent property to its noxious sodium burn pit. Toxic chemicals have been found on Ahmanson Ranch in the surface water. These man-made chemicals have been used by the Rocketdyne field lab for decades. The fact is Ahmanson Ranch soil and ground water have never been tested for Rocketdyne chemical and radioactive contamination. Why not? SUE BOECKER Oak Park
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September 5, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
State regulators monitoring cleanup of contaminants at a former nuclear research and rocket engine testing facility near Simi Valley have set new rules and deadlines for the contractor and the two government agencies responsible. In a consent decree issued Aug. 16, the state Department of Toxic Substance Control requires Boeing Corp., owner of the Santa Susana Field Lab; the U.S. Department of Energy; and NASA to submit reports by Nov.
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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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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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December 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state water board ordered the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board this week to give Boeing Co. more time to comply with stricter water quality standards in its wastewater discharge practices at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
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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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August 3, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors are scheduled to decide today whether to require developers around Boeing's rocket-testing lab near Simi Valley to test soil and groundwater for contaminants before they can build houses on the property. Specifically, the new policy would require developers to test for perchlorate and trichloroethylene within a two-mile radius of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Both substances have been found in wells at the site and are known to be harmful to humans at high levels.
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July 2, 2000
Re "Widespread Use of Radioactive Scrap Assailed," June 12. At Rocketdyne, protecting the environment and the health of our employees and neighbors is our highest priority. This commitment extends to the way we conduct our operations as well as to how we clean up and dispose of the residual materials from our activities. A recent Times story examined the current policy debate over regulatory standards in cleanup of nuclear sites. Against this backdrop, the article raised questions about how Rocketdyne is conducting radiation cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
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June 22, 1999
The first public meeting in a year to discuss ongoing cleanup at Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Simi Valley. Representatives from local, state and federal agencies are scheduled to attend. The meeting will be held at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. For more information, contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at (415) 744-1589. The 2,700-acre lab was established in 1946 to test rocket engines and missile components for the military.
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May 7, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Declaring it needed more time to address public safety concerns, a state regulatory agency postponed a decision Thursday to renew Boeing's permit to discharge wastewater from its rocket-testing lab near Simi Valley.
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March 19, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The next meeting of a public group that monitors cleanup of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, which is coordinating the meeting, will again discuss the EPA's system for rating the hazardousness of the site, which was used for nuclear energy tests for four decades. The lab now tests rocket engines and laser optics.
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