2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 24 Aug 2007 21:42:19 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Brentwood (CA) nuclear and chemical dump
Nuke 'Em High
Unearthing the VA dump's dirty secrets raises more questions than answers

Los Angeles City Beat
August 16, 2007

In August 8, after months of wrangling, Congressman Henry Waxman finally released nearly 6,000 pages of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents related to the Brentwood nuclear and chemical dump. The L.A. Democrat has had the documents since mid-December, having obtained them after sending a letter to now-outgoing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson on March 27, 2006, demanding information, in part, about the dump. "Has the public been informed that contaminates are buried under or near the location of the Brentwood School athletic facility?" wrote Waxman. "Whose decision was it to leave the non-excavated radioactive medical waste in place?"

The waste disposal site was used during the Cold War to bury radioactive animal carcasses and biomedical research trash contaminated with radioisotopes, including tritium and carbon-14, in unlined trenches and barrels. These materials are under what is now the Barrington dog park, an adjacent asbestos-contaminated junk-strewn arroyo, and the athletic fields of private Brentwood School, which leases 20 acres from the VA for its $2.5 million sports complex.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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