Strong, Chemical Odor near Santa Susana Field Laboratory Woolsey Fire Impact Area . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 18 December 2018; published on 21 December 2018; revised on 13 May 2020
Location: Sage Ranch Park, Simi Hills, California, with a view of Santa Susana Field Laboratory land

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Postlude: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Scenes from Sage Ranch
    • Credits
  • COMMENTS ON THE VIDEO
    • Incident Map 1
    • Incident Map 2

Dear Ones,

On Tuesday, 18 December 2018, I smelled a strong, chemical odor while hiking the Sage Ranch Loop Trail – Simi Valley at Sage Ranch Park, near its southwest border adjacent to the site of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

I have been hiking the trails of Sage Ranch Park for about 10 years. This is the first time I smelled this odor. I note it was in a fire impact area of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory for the recent Woolsey Canyon Fire.

Though nothing ever came of my video on the event, the southernmost portion of the hiking loop of Sage Ranch Loop Trail was closed off from that time on. That was the part along the creek by F Street, which offers access to Santa Susana Field Laboratory. A new last leg of the hiking loop ends in the group campground near the paid parking area of Sage Ranch.

Why was a portion of the trail shut down at that time? Might it have had something to do with the event I filmed that day? Could it be that Boeing, which bought the Santa Susana Field Laboratory land from Rocketdyne some years ago, is engaged in a coverup of some sort? I have looked around for disclosure on the event, but so far have been unable to turn up any information on it.

Here is a video on the event. A Postlude features nature photos from Sage ranch and the soothing music of Chris Zabriskie. There is an edited Summary after the video.

My Comments are below the video. Note the links to the two incident maps at the end of these comments …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, everyone, it’s Alice. It is the 18th of December [2018, 1:30 pm – 2 pm].

Here I am at the far corner of Sage Ranch [Sage Ranch Park, Simi Hills, California] and I see a lot going on. There is the strangest smell in the air; it smells like plastic to me. I cannot figure it out. It is too bad you cannot smell it. It smells like plastic melting, but not scorched or burning.

Gosh, there is a lot going on here, it looks like. Wonder what they are digging up. Looks like they may be trying to cover something with dirt? [shows flat area in Santa Susana Field Laboratory with raised area of dirt on top of which is an excavator moving piles of dirt].

It seems like there is a lot going on, back and forth, on the road here [that would be traffic along F Street near Santa Susana Field Laboratory]. I guess it will just remain a mystery.

Here is another view [of the same mound of dirt and the excavator]. You can just barely see that earthwork there. There is a sign down that way, and there is a hiking trail [shows southwest corner of Sage Ranch Park, Simi Hills, at the corner of Santa Susana Field Laboratory]. It is a beautiful day.

Here is a thought: I was just wondering if one of these gizmos [shows rectangular box on ground near chain link fence] … This is by the fence near where they are doing the earthworks … might have gotten superheated from the [Woolsey] Fire, or the ash on the fire, The top of it might be a little bit warped or something … and so maybe they are putting dirt over it to stop it from leaking right now, until they can get it fixed up. But this is just the wildest idea. I do not even know what is in there, unless it is that chemical that they used to wash down the rockets at Rocketdyne, the stuff that got into the sandstone, and went down into the bedrock around this area. See, here are some of the rocks here [shows large sandstone rock] … They are porous; at least, that is what I heard a long time ago.

Postlude: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Scenes from Sage Ranch

[The musical credit is below; the nature photos from the video are in the link mentioned at the end of this blog.]

Credits

Screenplay and Images by Alice B. Clagett, Producer, CC BY-SA 4.0
Featuring “Prelude No. 6” from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0
Location: Sage Ranch Park, Simi Hills, California

COMMENTS ON THE VIDEO

A Wikipedia article on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory mentions “highly toxic chemical additives to power over 30,000 rocket engine tests and to clean the rocket test-stands afterward” –from Link: “Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License 

The Wikipedia article also mentions a NASA statement about soil and groundwater contamination, and issues of cancer to do with Santa Susana Field Laboratory operations brought up by other people in years past.

I wonder if the odor I smelled might have been those highly toxic chemical additives, and if so, whether their release into the air had to do with the fire, or maybe the subsequent rains?

I also wonder whether, for health reasons, the Sage Ranch Loop Trail – Simi Valley ought to be closed to hikers till the strong, chemical odor is gone from the air?

And I wonder whether the people doing the earthwork might need to be wearing N95 dust masks, or maybe even gas masks to avoid health hazards while doing the work (if they are not already doing so).

Wikipedia also mentions a Sodium Reactor Experiment 1957 to 1964 at Santa Susana Field Laboratory and that a “meltdown caused the release of more than 458 times the amount of radioactivity released by the Three Mile Island accident” … –from Link: “Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License 

Thus I have another question whether the issue of radioactive contamination might pertain to the high winds during the Woolsey Canyon Fire, or to the earthwork operation I noticed on my hike today?

Incident Map 1

Here is a fire map of the northern edge of the Woolsey Canyon Fire (in yellow) as well as the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (lower left), Boeing Santa Susana (top left), Sage Ranch Park (middle) and Summit Mobile Home Park,. across from which the Woolsey Canyon Fire originated (right) …

Link: Incident Map 1 … https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1IkW-WhQoRcP4WGIIP-h_v6WK8zb0jG3M&ll=34.24411288548368%2C-118.6854433468356&z=15 ..

Incident Map 2

In this closeup, you can see where the Sage Ranch Loop Trail – Simi Valley loops up, next to a more or less rectangular, grey area of Boeing Santa Susana where the earth moving was taking place. I smelled the odd odor at the loop in the trail, where air funnels down above a watercourse that runs in the low area between the east-west portion of Sage Ranch Loop Trail – Simi Valley and F Street, both of which are at the bottom of this map …

Link: Incident Map 2 … https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1IkW-WhQoRcP4WGIIP-h_v6WK8zb0jG3M&ll=34.23909937784168%2C-118.68570117137722&z=17 ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

The photos from the video are here … Link: “Sage Ranch Park,” photos by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 18 December 2018; published on 13 May 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-i5v ..
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Woolsey Canyon Fire, Woolsey Fire, disclosure, Los Angeles, natural disasters, cities of Earth, community health, New Earth, Chris Zabriskie, Prelude No. 6,

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