Woolsey Fire tore through a nuclear testing site- doctors sound alarm on possible air contamination
Woolsey Fire tore through a nuclear testing site- doctors sound alarm on possible air contamination by Erin Elizabeth – Health Nut News
The Woolsey Fire in California is currently burning northwest of Los Angeles. While most news outlets that we can find aren’t sure exactly where the Woolsey Fire started and aren’t sure if it was caused by natural means or human activity, our source reports the fire began on the property of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket engine testing site. The site, one of the most contaminated in the nation, has long been promised a clean-up by both state and federal governments. And now, it might be too late.
(IMAGE: Aerial footage from local television station KTLA shows flames
surrounding rocket test stands at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory
(SSFL). November 8, 2018.)
“A statement released by the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) said that its staff, ‘do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke.’ The statement failed to assuage community concerns given DTSC’s longtime pattern of misinformation about SSFL’s contamination and its repeated broken promises to clean it up.
‘We can’t trust anything that DTSC says,’ said West Hills resident Melissa Bumstead, whose young daughter has twice survived leukemia that she blames on SSFL and who has mapped 50 other cases of rare pediatric cancers near the site. Bumstead organized a group called ‘Parents vs. SSFL’ and launched a Change.org petition demanding full cleanup of SSFL that has been signed by over 410,000 people. ‘DTSC repeatedly minimizes risk from SSFL and has broken every promise it ever made about the SSFL cleanup. Communities throughout the state have also been failed by DTSC. The public has no confidence in this troubled agency,’ said Bumstead.”1
For a long time, residents in the neighboring town- many whose children have cancer- have been promised a clean-up due to the well doctumented nuclear and chemical contaminantes but so far, nothing has happened. And now that the fire has raged through the area, there are reasonable concers that people will be exposed to toxic dust, smoke, ash and soil; years of nuclear reactor accidents (including a famous partial meltdown), thousands of rocket engine tests, and what time has proved to be sloppy environmental practices, have left the site utterly polluted with widespread radioactive and chemical contamination.