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Toxic town houses

first_imgLos Angeles Sen. Sheila Kuehl is pushing legislation that would prohibit the sale of the land until, and unless, it has had a complete cleanup. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking DOE to make sure it complies with federal cleanup standards. We wholeheartedly support their efforts to make sure that no toxic town houses are built on the former lab site. HAVE we already forgotten the hard- learned lessons of 30 years ago at Love Canal? That’s the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood that had once been a toxic dump site before it was paved over and houses built. When the extremely high rate of cancer and birth defects was uncovered, the neighborhood became synonymous with the dangers of building on once-toxic lands. It’s hard to imagine that with only 30 years passed there’s a possibility of creating another one. Yet activists and local politicians are finding themselves battling to make sure the Santa Susana Field Lab site doesn’t become the Love Canal of the 21st century. The problem is that the Department of Energy is expected to decommission the former nuclear lab site next year, and it is unclear what kind of cleanup the DOE will require before it releases the 290 acres of L.A.-adjacent land for residential use, without restriction. That’s troublesome, considering the site’s history of chemical use, radioactive material and groundwater contamination. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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