L.A. Daily News: Casino to be built on site of nuclear reactor meltdown just miles from Los Angeles? Was up to 240 times Three Mile Island — Cesium-137 still up to 1,000 times over limit

Published: April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am ET
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Title: Full cleanup in doubt in Simi Hills
Source: LA Daily News
Author: Susan Abram, Staff Writer
Date: 04/07/2012 05:34:16 PM PDT

[…] “Some of us have been fighting for cleanup [of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site] for years. We’ve made it our mission,” said Marie Mason, an activist and resident of the Knolls, a neighborhood in east Simi Valley. “It’s ludicrous. There have been sicknesses reported that no one can explain.” […]

Gaming casino in future?

NASA is also looking to eventually dispose of its portion of the site.

In 2010, NASA filed a declaration with the federal General Services Administration, saying it no longer had any use for its 450-acre parcel at the rocket-test site facility.

The declaration clears the way for the GSA to offer the land to other federal agencies for use. If none is interested, the parcel will be declared surplus and offered to state, city, school districts and nonprofit organizations. If there still are no takers, the land could be sold to the highest bidder, which some community groups fear could open it up to development such as a gaming casino.

So far, only the Santa Ynez Band of the Chumash have expressed some interest in the site, said James Biederman, program expert for the real property utilization and disposal division for the GSA.

Biederman said he told the tribe’s business committee that the GSA had to receive a letter of interest on the tribe’s behalf from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. No letter has been submitted, Biederman said.

The land has not yet been declared a surplus, he said.

“We wanted to hold off for a while,” Biederman said. “There’s a lot going on right now. The EPA is finishing their radiological review.

“NASA and the other responsible parties are doing a lot of characterization work.”

Biederman also said it’s unclear if the government will be as patient.

In February, the House approved a bill that allows a committee to form to help identify some of the thousands of properties owned by the government that can be sold to help reduce the federal debt.

“We’re already waited much longer than we usually provide. But this is a unique property, and it merits efforts to go slow,” Biederman said. “We won’t transfer the property if there is a risk to human health.” […]

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Published: April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am ET
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7 comments to L.A. Daily News: Casino to be built on site of nuclear reactor meltdown just miles from Los Angeles? Was up to 240 times Three Mile Island — Cesium-137 still up to 1,000 times over limit

  • americancommntr

    "Eat your vegetables they're good for you."

    Boy, wasn't this advice wrong for vegetables grown downwind of Simi Valley? And probably still is wrong. How many nut orchards and vineyards are downwind?

    And what about all those open-to-air experimental reactors which as a matter of routine vented steam directly to the atmosphere from the reactor chamber. And some of which were exploded in moderated prompt criticalities?

    There have got to be some places in the desert which are deadly for hiking.

  • Think anyone will gamble on it ?

  • The whole world is being contaminated now, really nothing most will be able to do but continue the life they have till… and try to avoid the unavoidable cancer's and other anomalies awaiting us all !

    It's a new world with much more certainties then ever before !

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    "In February, the House approved a bill that allows a committee to form to help identify some of the thousands of properties owned by the government that can be sold to help reduce the federal debt."

    Maybe they will start with the Grand Canyon first so powerful people can mine uranium around it without interference.

    Vote out every single one of those who agree to sell federal property of any kind needed for posterity for open spaces and recreation. Why vote again for anyone who fails to tax the wealthy? Work actively to defeat them.

    How shamefully the public has been deceived about Simi Valley. Maybe Greg Palast will investigate this and enlighten us. I certainly wouldn't trust anything the government has to say about it.

  • Dr.Strangelove

    They need to build huge walls around the old laboratories and call it a day. The land is destroyed.

  • Which is more of a gamble… Nuke plant, or casino?

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      The House always wins – either way.

      These stories just keep coming and each one reveals it is way worse than we imagined.