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The Santa Susana Field Lab – An Enduring Tragedy

Friday, May 6th, at the Topanga Library. 
Snack Pot Luck at 7:15, Program 7:30.

About twelve miles north of the Topanga Library is the site of the worst known U.S. nuclear reactor disaster of the 1950s, the Santa Susana Field Labs. Not only is the area covered with dangerous radioactive material, it is also filled with toxic chemicals from the rocket testing performed at the site. Scientists say that the carcinogenic chemicals and radioactive material are continuing to travel in the air, soil, and water to neighboring residential communities including Simi Valley, Bell Canyon, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Hidden Hills and others.

On Friday, May 6, the Topanga Peace Alliance will present a series of short videos giving the background on the situation at Santa Susana as well as an update on the efforts by Boeing to stop the cleanup. We will have speakers from Physicians for Social Responsibility including Denise Duffield, who leads their efforts to ensure a proper cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. We will hear how Boeing has spent large sums of money to avoid cleaning up the site, including large donations to Governor Jerry Brown and our two California senators. We will also hear the actions we can take and have letters to sign to help ensure a full cleanup at the site.

We will have a vegetarian snack potluck (no alcohol) at 7:15 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. If you can, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers to share. A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For further information please contact Debbie at

The event is ADA compliant with elevator access and headphones for those who need a little extra volume.

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