Woolsey Fire and Santa Susana Field Lab — URGENT Action Needed by Sun 11/18

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FROM — PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LOS ANGELES and Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition
Last week, a fire broke out, at SSFL (Santa Susana Field Laboratories), burning hundreds of acres of vegetation growing in contaminated soil. That fire obviously released some of those contaminants and transported them offsite in the smoke. It is impossible to burn a contaminated site without releasing some of that contamination. Had the Responsible Parties met their obligations for full cleanup by last year, there wouldn’t be concern about the release of contamination in such a fire for those portions of SSFL that burned. And for those that didn’t, the failure to perform full cleanup as promised means continued risk any time a new fire might occur. *Santa Susan Field Laboratory is the site of several nuclear meltdowns and is a SUPERFUND toxic site.
http://www.rocketdynecleanupcoalition.org/woolsey-fire-burns-rocketdyne/

FROM—www.rocketdynecleanupcoalition.org

PETITION — NEEDS TO BE SIGNED BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – CLICK HERE

Massive Woolsey Fire Began On Contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory
 CLOSE TO SITE OF PARTIAL MELTDOWN. 
Electric Substation at SSFL Tripped 2 Minutes Before Fire Reported — CLICK FOR DETAILS

READ MORE at Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition
Santa Susan Field Laboratory Working Group

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Department of Toxic Substances Control – Update on Woolsey Fire and SSFL

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11/13/18 – WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT SANTA SUSANA NUCLEAR SITE AFTER WOOLSEY FIRE (article contains photos)
http://www.laist.com/2018/11/13/santa_susana_nuclear_site_woolsey_fire.php   
The Woolsey Fire has burned a good portion of the former Santa Susana Field Lab, which was once home to a nuclear reactor and numerous rocket tests. The site is still riddled with radioactive waste and other toxic compounds.
BACKGROUND: A 2012 EPA report doesn’t paint a pretty picture. Approximately one out of every seven samples contained “concentrations of radioactive materials exceeding background levels.” More than 80% of these were man-made radionuclides. This echoes a 1989 Department of Energy report found that there were contaminants in both the soil and the plants.

11/13/18 — FROM CBS https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/13/santa-susana-field-laboratory-woolsey-fire/
Local, state and federal agencies have inspected the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and found that the nuclear Superfund site was not impacted by the Woolsey Fire.

—FROM Department of Toxic Substances Control
This is an update as of 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2018
The Woolsey Fire burned through a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) yesterday. At this time, it is no longer burning within the SSFL site, and is moving away from the site. There is a fire station on the SSFL site, and both Ventura County and Los Angeles County fire personnel are assisting in the response. The fire agencies responding to the fire have consulted with their own Hazardous Materials coordinator who is familiar with the site and determined the fire did not present any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation. DTSC is actively monitoring the fire. DTSC emergency response staff has been in contact with staff at the Ventura County Certified Unified Program Agency. Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire’s location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke. READ COMPLETE UPDATE

CAL FIRE Report Site

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Santa Susana Field Laboratory Working Group

More about Santa Susana Field

Wikipedia

SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY IS A SUPER-FUND SITE
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a complex of industrial research and development facilities located on a 2,668-acre (1,080 ha) portion of the Southern California Simi Hills in Simi Valley, California. It was used mainly for the development and testing of liquid-propellant rocket engines for the United States space program from 1949 to 2006, nuclear reactors from 1953 to 1980 and the operation of a U.S. government-sponsored liquid metals research center from 1966 to 1998.

The site is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) northwest from the community of Canoga Park and approximately 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Sage Ranch Park is adjacent on part of the northern boundary and the community of Bell Canyon along the entire southern boundary.

Throughout the years, about ten low-power nuclear reactors operated at SSFL, in addition to several “critical facilities” that helped develop nuclear science and applications. At least four of the ten nuclear reactors had accidents during their operation. The reactors located on the grounds of SSFL were considered experimental, and therefore, had no containment structures.

The site ceased research and development operations in 2006. The years of rocket testing, nuclear reactor testing, and liquid metal research have left the site “significantly contaminated”. Environmental cleanup is ongoing.

THIS LOCATION IS A SUPER FUND CONTAMINATED SITE.

https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0908498

 

Two-man play — This War Is Not Inevitable — November 16 and 17

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NOVEMBER 16 AND 17 AT 8 PM
https://nambaarts.com/about/

This War Is Not Inevitable
An idea that could yet change the world— Two actors, playing a dozen parts
between them, show how world leaders in 1917 received this idea.

THIS WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE is a two-man play written by Aucklander Michael Burton to mark the centenary of the birth of an idea that could yet change the world – Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Organism. Two actors, playing a dozen parts between them, show how the rulers of the time received this idea.

The Threefold Social Organism was first of all an idea that could have taken two years off the length of the First World War and made the Second World War impossible. It addressed people’s vulnerability to political and economic events – something that is every bit as relevant today as it was in 1917.

TICKETS: https://nambaarts.com/product/this-war-is-not-inevitable/

LOCATION: NAMBA is a multi-disciplinary performance space located in Ventura’s historic downtown arts district. The programming focus is on Culturally Relevant Stories that Serve Our Community.
47 South Oak Street, Ventura, CA 93001

Low Cost Tickets Available for Bus to Rise for Climate March in San Francisco

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Sponsored by: Sierra Club, Ventura Climate Hub, 350 Santa Barbara, CAUSE & allies

JUMP ON THE BUS on Saturday, September 8th, with a dynamic group of activists to march in SF and push government leaders to deal with global warming. Share this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with potentially 50,000 people. Experience the camaraderie of a mass of humanity who shares your goal of a thrivable and resilient planet. Take part in street art, music, chants and merriment. Buy your ticket here today.

350 VC Climate Hub has just put a $5 Low/No Income ticket to San Francisco at the Eventbrite Charter Bus ticket sales page for the Rise for Climate March on Saturday, September 8.

They have reserved a late model relatively low emissions Roadrunner Charter Bus out of Camarillo that will stop at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura at 11:30 pm next Friday, September 7, then pick up riders in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista and head north for an early morning drop-off at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Experienced march organizers (who did this in NYC and DC) plan a smooth pick-up. You will know where to show up at the time specified by your bus captain Amber Bassett (sometime between 3 and 5 pm) for the ride back home. You’ll get back to the UU Church around midnight. Your car is safe in the back parking lot for the day.

Pack your food and drink, including items you can leave on the bus–a pillow or two, blanket, hoodie, warm socks, maybe earplugs if you need to withdraw from the vibrant, soul-filled conversation of other riders. Pack whatever helps make the ride home more comfortable that you can feel OK leaving with your bus driver for the day. There is plenty of room for walkers and wheelchairs and strollers.

There will San Fran food trucks at the Embarcadero bus drop-off point and at the end of the march at the Civic Center where a Resource Fair of partner organizations, campaigns, and projects will showcase the work that they do, how they educate people about climate change and just transition, and where people can get involved in art, technology and economic structures for humanity’s regeneration.

The march needs us. The moment needs us to step out and shout for climate justice and a fair transition to a safe world.

Thousands have been learning songs from The Peace Poets up and down the coast during the past three weeks. Be with them singing.  The people gonna rise like the water, We’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter singing ‘Keep It In the Ground’.

Sliding scale charter bus tickets now as low as $5 as well as $20, $50, $85 and $100 in order to fill all 55 seats on the bus. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at RISE FOR CLIMATE MARCH SAN FRANCISCO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rise-for-climate-march-san-francisco-tickets-48614002791

Be a climate rider on the bus leaving from Ventura, Santa Barbara or Isla Vista!

Ventura County stands up for kids and families

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—FROM INDIVISIBLE VENTURA: Ventura County residents rallied demanding reunification of the more than 2,300 children that were separated from their parents since May 5 (when the current administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards migrants went into effect). PHOTOS CLICK HERE

Here is their updated list of ways you can help the kids. We MUST keep the pressure on!