|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:09:51 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, CONTRACTORS: 50 Years after Santa Susana (CA) Nuclear Accident|
Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon 50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Accident Holds Up Land Development By Michael Collins Los Angeles Weekly July 23, 2009All hell was about to break loose at the Sodium Reactor Experiment on July 23, 1959. The reactor, tucked into a corner of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the Simi Hills 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, was constructed without a radiation-containment dome and was in the 10th day of partial meltdown.
On top of the reactor core, a worker operating a 30-foot-high, lead-lined "coffin," used to extract uranium fuel rods, came across a fuel rod that wouldn’t budge. He started rocking the coffin back and forth, when something went terribly wrong.
"The guy was pulling on the thing real hard, and it was stuck in the reactor," says John Pace, 70, the last known surviving lab worker present during the meltdown. A chemical known as Tetralin "made a bunch of goo in the bottom of a pool and the rods were damaged. Then the goo freed up and they went, 'What the hell happened there?'"
.... For the entire article, see http://www.laweekly.com/2009-07-23/news/runkle-canyon-in-dispute-50-years-after-santa-susana-nuclear-accident/1 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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