Santa Susana Nuclear Meltdown
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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?
Lawsuit Filled Challenging Mayor Villaraigosa's School Bill ()
As promised, the Los Angeles Unified School District went to court today, hoping to overturn Mayor Villaraigosa's new authority over the LA Schools. Other plaintiffs include the League of Women Voters, the California School Boards Association, two PTA groups and Democratic Congresswoman Dianne Watson.
Santa Susana Nuclear Meltdown ()
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.
Santa Monica to Take Up Smoking Ban ()
- Jorge Casuso: Editor of the LookOut News
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