2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 15 Dec 2005 00:52:00 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] After the fire at Rocketdyne (CA)
Firefighters worry about chemical exposure in Topanga Fire

Many are getting tested after battling strange colored flames at
Rocketdyne during September's Topanga Fire. A senator has demanded that
the California Air Resources Board investigate the possibility of air
pollution resulting from burning chemicals.

By Hans Laetz 
The Malibu Times (CA)
December 14, 2005

Some firefighters who battled the Topanga Fire in September are asking
if the green flames and strange smoke they saw and smelled means they
were exposed to leftover dangerous chemicals from a controversial rocket
test site. The fire dusted western Malibu with smoke and ash as well,
and it burned across an area that has long been suspected of causing air
and water pollution.

Ventura County firefighters are seeking chest X-rays, blood tests and
other medical examinations as a result of battling the strangely colored
flames at Rocketdyne, the rocket engine and nuclear energy test site,
about five miles north of Agoura Hills.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she is worried the fire possibly
dispersed chlorinated dioxins and other cancer-causing substances into a
plume of smoke that covered part of the Conejo Valley and Malibu coast.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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