Rocketdyne / Atomics International Nuclear Meltdown at Santa Susana 240 Times Greater than 3 Mile Island
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According to an analysis of a five-year study by a panel of independent scientists convened years after the incident, the SRE (sodium reactor experiment) accident (at Rocketdyne / Atomics International, Santa Susana) spit out up to 240 times the amount of radiation released during the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island.
The nuclear meltdown described above happened in 1959 - over 50 years ago. Besides radioactive residues, toxic chemicals from decades of testing rocket motors are present at the Santa Susana facility. Amazingly, the site has yet to be listed as an NPL (National Priority List) Superfund site and, because it is a closed facility and has no current releases of toxics, it does not appear on the annual TRI (Toxic Release Inventory). Here are some background reports, articles and a video.
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Reports and Studies
March 2007 Report: Cancer Incidence in the Community Surrounding
the Rocketdyne Facility in Southern California
April 1999 Report: SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY, PART II: EXPOSURE TO SELECTED CHEMICALS.
January 1999 UCLA Addendum Report: Epidemiologic Study to Determine Possible Adverse Effects
to Rocketdyne/Atomics International Workers
from Exposure to Selected Chemicals
September 1997 Report: SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY (focus on radiation).
June 1997 UCLA Final Report: Epidemiologic Study to Determine Possible Adverse
Effects to Rocketdyne/Atomics International Workers
from Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
May 1994 EPA Region 9: Final RCRA Facility Assessment Report for Rockwell International Corporation Rocketdyne Division Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
Background and History
Google Map of Rocketdyne Santa Susana Facility Site.
EPA History and Background on Rocketdyne Santa Susana Facility Site.
YouTube.com History Channel YouTube Video on Rocketdyne Nuclear Meltdown and Atomic Energy Commission Coverup.
Eviroreporter article: 50 YEARS AFTER AMERICA'S WORST NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.
2009 Press Release: U.S. EPA seeks former Atomics International, Rocketdyne, Rockwell,
employees for Santa Susana Field Lab radiological study.
LA Times article: Workers exposed to radiation at Santa Susana plant have greater chance of dying from the disease, UCLA researchers say. Company calls the conclusions flawed.
Enviroreporter: UCLA (1999) found that Rocketdyne workers who had high hydrazine exposures were about twice as likely as other Rocketdyne employees who worked at the site to die from lung and other cancers.
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