Friendly Fallout

Number 16230
Subject Nuclear Energy
Source KCBS-TV (Los Angeles)
State CA
Year 1999
Publication Date Oct. 3 - Nov. 16, 1999
Summary KCBS-TV reports "about the nation's first nuclear reactor designed to serve the public. The sodium-cooled reactor was situated in the foothills north of Los Angeles and literally lit up the tiny communities of Santa Susana, Agoura and Moorpark. (In 1959) there was a devastating accident at the reactor site when 13 fuel rods melted down. But the accident was shrouded in secrecy... On this, the 50th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown...(KCBS-TV) uncovered evidence of unusually high cancer rates in surrounding communities and cancer clusters resulting in many deaths... We obtained results of toxic chemical testing which showed dangerous levels of nuclear and chemical contamination at the plant and evidence the contamination has spread outside the plant's boundaries...."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 72
Keywords TAPE TRANSCRIPT Background documents Santa Susana Nuclear Reactor FOIA Freedom of Information cover-up accident Federal Atomic Energy Commission AEC Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Sage Ranch Park Rocketdyne Boeing Company EPA Environmental Protection Agency California Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Defense
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