2016 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:45:36 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Whittaker-Bermite Site, Santa Clarita (CA)
Explosions Scheduled for Whittaker-Bermite Site

California DTSC Press Release
SCV News 
September 28, 2016

[DTSC] – The California Department of Toxic Substances Control  is overseeing upcoming activities to safely and effectively destroy Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) at the former Whittaker Bermite facility located at 22116 West Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. DTSC is the regulatory agency that has been overseeing the investigation and cleanup of hazardous substances at the Site since 1983.

During the MEC surveys conducted by Whittaker’s contractors, a number of items were recovered that require demolition. These items are being temporarily stored at the Site and have been determined to be either potentially energetic (i.e., old powder) materials or materials that cannot be confirmed as safe and inactive and as such will need to be destroyed. Demolition operations will be conducted in the East Fork Landfill at the Site in accordance with the 2002 DTSC approved Remedial  Action Workplan (RAW). The demolition area is located at the bottom of a box canyon, surrounded by steep hills. The nearest residential development is located over 4,400 feet from the demolition location and the nearest occupied building is located over 1,400 feet from the demolition location. Demolition operations will be conducted inside a temporary “blast pit”. Commercial explosives will be delivered to the Site on the day of the scheduled demolition. Once the items to be demolished are placed in the “blast pit”, they will be surrounded by explosives and the area will be filled with soil and tamped down. When this is complete the items will be detonated.


For the entire release, see


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/Fax: 650/961-8918 

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