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ValleyBites: Rocketdyne Cleanup Ruled Unconstitutional, Granada Hills Charter High School in National Decathlon

  • Assuming I read this correctly and I am not hung over from last night, the fine folks at have just published an article stating that the Federal Court overturned the cleanup of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) up in the Simi Hills near Chatsworth. It was almost  one month ago that I talked about the SSFL here on this site (with cool links to videos and cleanup sites) in response to the Fukushima disaster in Japan which has become probably worse than Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.  This desicion was reached on the unconstitutionality of state law SB990 passed by CA legislators 4 years ago.  "Judge John F. Walter found that because the law dealt with only one location and one cleanup it was unfair and violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment." Is this a joke? Really? How can you compare Rocketdyne to any other location, it was one giant freaking experiment given free reign in order to protect the nation. I invite the judge to go camping in one of the open pits that are completely blacked out, yeah that used to be the Santa Susana mountains. Luckily the chumash paintings are protected. My favorite part of the article, "What is more disappointing is Boeing tapping its billions of dollars in profits to fight the state in a protracted and costly lawsuit to avoid cleaning up this radioactively and chemically contaminated site after the partial nuclear meltdown 50 years ago," said Assemblywoman Julia Brownley in a statement. "It's well past time. Boeing can still drop its lawsuit and stand up as a model of corporate responsibility. I continue to hope that they will." What happened to corporate accountability from negligent activities 50 years ago? I know, it wasn't Boeing, it was the other company so they shouldn't be held accountable. I wonder how much lobbying perks Brownley got out of this. Also check out the Chatsworth Patch article for a special series covering SSFL. 
  • For some positive news on the day, Granada Hills Charter High School is competing in the Academic Decathlon with the results released later today. [Update: 1:30 PM] Granada Hills Charter High School wins academic decathlon scoring 52,113.5 points. Congrats on bringing the trophy home and showing where are the smart kids live; in the San Fernando Valley.

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