October 1 – Eyewitness to Meltdown – Special SSFL Work Group Meeting


Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 PM
at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Join the SSFL Work Group on October 1 for a candid discussion about the contamination and cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The meeting will include presentations on:

The 1959 Meltdown – What Really Happened? 
John Pace, a former Atomics International employee, will relay his first-person experiences of the 1959 partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) on October 1 at a meeting of the SSFL Work Group. Pace will reveal harrowing information about what happened during the reactor accident over a two-week period in July 1959. A panel of former workers, experts, and community members will add their experiences and insights, and discuss why this event matters today.

The partial meltdown, and numerous other nuclear accidents and spills and releases from tens of thousands of rocket tests resulted in widespread radioactive and chemical contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water, some of which has migrated offsite.

Will SSFL Ever Be Cleaned Up? 
The partial meltdown was kept secret for two decades, followed by decades of foot-dragging by the parties responsible for the witches’ brew of contamination at the site. Finally, in 2010, state and federal agencies formally promised that all detectible contamination at SSFL would be cleaned up. But troubling subsequent actions by the agencies, which have largely been kept secret and will be detailed at the meeting, raise serious questions about whether they are actively breaking their commitments and whether, in fact, the great majority of the radioactive and toxic chemical pollution will ever be removed. Community members and advocates will also explore what can be done to ensure full cleanup.

Fore more information visit www.ssflworkgroup.org.

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), also known as Rocketdyne, is a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility that is contaminated with radiological and chemical pollutants. The 2,850 acre site is near Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks. For over twenty years, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Work Group has served to keep the community informed about the contamination at SSFL and assure it is thoroughly cleaned up.

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