High Level Radioactivity in Groundwater at Santa Susana

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Excessive levels of radioactive Tritium have been found in water wells drilled near the site of a nuclear reactor, which melted down in 1959. It-s in the Santa Susanna Mountains, between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys. The federal government has promised to clean up decades of nuclear and chemical contamination, and Boeing, which currently owns the land, wants to make it available for residential development. This latest discovery highlights a dispute between two federal agencies about whether the site will ultimately be clean enough for residential development. The Environmental Protection Agency says the site won-t be safe enough. Warren Olney speaks with the head of a nuclear watchdog group and a project manager from the Department of Energy, which is responsible for the clean up.
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