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Buildings to Be Removed at Toxic California Ex-Rocket Test Site

May 20, 2020, 8:01 PM

The U.S. Department of Energy will remove 10 contaminated buildings at a former rocket engine test facility in California’s Simi Valley to avoid wildfire risks at the hazardous waste site.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the agreement Wednesday for demolition at the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory site.

  • The lab operated on 2,850 acres near Los Angeles from 1948 to 2006. More than 17,000 rocket engine tests were conducted at the site, which also had 10 nuclear reactors. The site had a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, though evidence was not revealed for 20 years.
  • Flames from...
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