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The latest report on a partial nuclear meltdown 40 years ago has renewed concern about cancer in the San Fernando and Simi Valleys.  Plus, LAUSD files a lawsuit over Mayor Villaraigosa's school takeover plan, and will Santa Monica forbid smoking on the Third Street Promenade?

Producers:
Vanessa Romo
Karen Radziner

Making News Lawsuit Filled Challenging Mayor Villaraigosa's School Bill 6 MIN, 31 SEC
Reporter's Notebook Santa Monica to Take Up Smoking Ban 4 MIN, 23 SEC

Some local businesses are up in arms about a proposal facing tonight's meeting of the Santa Monica City Council.  Will they join Calabasas and Berkeley with a smoking ban in public places?

Guests:
Jorge Casuso, Editor of the LookOut News

Main Topic Santa Susana Nuclear Meltdown 13 MIN, 5 SEC

For 40 years, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory tested rocket engines and nuclear reactors in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys. In 1959, officials reported problems with a nuclear research reactor, but said that no employees were exposed to radiation and that no radioactivity was released outside the facility. In 1979, UCLA graduate students uncovered records indicating that there was a partial reactor meltdown, similar to that at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island that same year. Last week, a new report says the meltdown released as much as 300 times the radiation of Three Mile Island, possibly causing 260 cancers in surrounding neighborhoods. The report is based partially on technical models to fill in details researchers can't get from the Department of Energy or the Boeing Company, which now owns the property. We get the latest in a long-running battle over technology and public health.

Guests:
Mike Lopez, Project Manager of the DOE's Energy Technology Engineering Center
Dan Hirsch, Committee to Bridge the Gap

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