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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 and Chatsworth Nature Preserve . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 24 March 2018 

  • IMAGE OF SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY
  • SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY: BACKGROUND INFORMATION
  • WHICH WAY WAS THE CONTAMINATED WIND BLOWING DURING THE JULY 1959 SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY MELTDOWN?
  • METAL BOX IN CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE: FOR MEASURING RAIN WATER?
  • RUMORS ABOUT LA DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER PLANNING TO SELL THE CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE, EAST OF THE MELTDOWN SITE
  • NEWS REPORTS 
  • BACK ROAD TO SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY
  • DEFINITION: MYSTERY RIFFS

Dear Ones,

Here is some information on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in the Los Angeles area. This laboratory was the site of a number of nuclear contamination accidents … to do with contamination of the air, the Earth, and ground water at the western edge of Los Angeles County, bordering the eastern edge of Ventura County. It has been spoken of as America’s worst nuclear meltdown.

The meltdown occurred in 1959, and was covered up. It looks like the nuclear disaster may have come to light in 1979, 20 years later, and that community involvement has been spurring environmental cleanup since then.

IMAGE OF SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY

This image is a view of Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve … trail access is from El Escorpion Park entrance on Vanowen St just west of Valley Circle Blvd in West Hills, in Los Angeles …

Image: “Santa Susana Field Lab viewed from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Santa Susana Field Lab viewed from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY: BACKGROUND INFORMATION

“Throughout the years, approximately ten low-power nuclear reactors operated at SSFL, in addition to several ‘critical facilities’: a sodium burn pit in which sodium-coated objects were burned in an open pit; a plutonium fuel fabrication facility; a uranium carbide fuel fabrication facility; and the purportedly largest “Hot Lab” facility in the United States at the time … (A Hot Lab is a facility used for remotely cutting up irradiated nuclear fuel.) Irradiated nuclear fuel from other Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Department of Energy (DOE) facilities from around the country were shipped to SSFL to be decladded and examined.

“The Hot Lab suffered a number of fires involving radioactive materials. For example, in 1957, a fire in the Hot Cell “got out of control and … massive contamination” resulted. (see: NAA-SR-1941, Sodium Graphite Reactor, Quarterly Progress Report, January–March 1957).

“At least four of the ten nuclear reactors suffered accidents: 1) The AE6 reactor experienced a release of fission gases in March 1959 … 2) In July 1959, the site suffered a partial nuclear meltdown that released 28 Curies of radio active Nobel gasses. The release resulted on the maximum off site exposure of 0.099 millirem and an exposure of 0.018 millirem for the nearest residential building which is well within current limits today … Another radioactive fire occurred in 1971, involving combustible primary reactor coolant (NaK) contaminated with mixed fission products … The SRE experienced a power excursion and partial meltdown in July 1959; the SNAP8ER in 1964 experienced damage to 80% of its fuel; and the SNAP8DR in 1969 experienced similar damage to one-third of its fuel … 

“The reactors located on the grounds of SSFL were considered experimental, and therefore had no containment structures. Reactors and highly radioactive components were housed without the large concrete domes that surround modern power reactors.” –from Link: “Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory … CC BY-SA 3.0 unported

WHICH WAY WAS THE CONTAMINATED WIND BLOWING DURING THE JULY 1959 SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY MELTDOWN?

Apparently, from what I have read, one of the owners of the property on which the laboratory is located has been unable to, or else unwilling to, release data on prevailing winds during the July 1959 meltdown. (See “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon” article below). This would be important information, as the direction of the winds would give a clue to possible contamination of land and water and people in neighboring communities.

I have read here, that the prevailing winds tend to blow over the Simi Hills (where the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is located) from NW to SE, into the western part of the San Fernando Valley. The wind speed is about 8 mph. Then under special Santa Ana conditions, because the wind blows the other way, possibly into the well populated Simi Valley …

Link: “Which Way the Wind Blows,” by Michael Collins, Ventura County Reporter, 17 March 2005 … https://www.enviroreporter.com/whichwaythewindblows ..

And I have read here, that John Pace, the last surviving worker who was on site during the meltdown, remembers the wind was blowing toward the very populous San Fernando Valley during that time …

Link: “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon: 50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Acdident Holds Up Land Development,” by Michael Collins … https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/rocketdyne/wrinkles-in-runkle-canyon/ ..

METAL BOX IN CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE: FOR MEASURING RAIN WATER?

I have questions about this metal box located at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, on the Chatsworth Nature Preserve grounds. In years past, Hazmat suited people have visited this box. When asked, one of these men told me they were measuring rainwater. If so, I wonder, why the Hazmat suits? I cannot figure it out.

Image: “Metal Box at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, Chatsworth Nature Preserve owned by LA Department of Water and Power,” by Alice B. Clagett, 24 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Metal Box at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, Chatsworth Nature Preserve owned by LA Department of Water and Power,” by Alice B. Clagett, 24 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

RUMORS ABOUT LA DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER PLANNING TO SELL THE CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE, EAST OF THE MELTDOWN SITE

There are rumors about plans for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to sell the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, which, according to the recollection of John Pace, might have been directly in the path of the 1959 Santa Susana Field Laboratory meltdown wind contamination. I have not seen any substantiation of this online.

NEWS REPORTS 

Link: “Nuclear Free by 2045?: TED’s Pro-Nuclear Bias,” 24 March 2014 … https://nf2045.blogspot.com/2014/03/teds-pro-nuclear-bias.html ..

Link: “LA’s Nuclear Secret: Years of mishandling dangerous radioactive materials and chemicals has also left a toxic legacy for generations of people living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” by Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser … https://data.nbcstations.com/national/KNBC/la-nuclear-secret/ ..

Link: “Boeing Proposes Less Stringent Cleanup of Santa Susana Field Lab, Outraging Activists,” by Mike Harris, Published 23 August 2017; updatedhttps://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/08/24/boeing-proposes-less-stringent-cleanup-santa-susana-field-lab-outraging-activists/594360001/ ..

Link: “Remembering Rocketdyne – Discussing America’s Worst Nuclear Meltdown (Not Three Mile Island) With Erin Brockovich,” in Enviro News California … https://www.environews.tv/122713-remembering-rocketdyne-discussing-americas-worst-nuclear-meltdown-not-three-mile-island-with-erin-brockovich/ ..

BACK ROAD TO SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY

For hikers: Here is a back road from the Bell Canyon subdivision in West Hills, Los Angeles, to the Santa Susana Field Lab, The Google Maps search parameters are: 158 Bell Canyon Rd, Bell Canyon, CA 91307 … to 152 Ctl II Rd, Brandeis, CA 93064 … via Area 1 Rd …

Link: Bell Canyon Subdivision to Santa Susana Field Lab …  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/158+Bell+Canyon+Rd,+Bell+Canyon,+CA/152+Ctl+II+Rd,+Brandeis,+CA+93064/@34.2220091,-118.6973612,6792m/am=t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x80e8279d7dfd3f83:0x6964a075d483cd52!2m2!1d-118.687357!2d34.20163!3m4!1m2!1d-118.6912303!2d34.2215645!3s0x80e8279361f29997:0x76d7793130101b75!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e827dedffa7fb3:0xadeab2018424cfdb!2m2!1d-118.7007632!2d34.2363838!3e0  ..

My feeling is, this route is most likely blocked off at the large turnaround at J & A International, as the Boeing property (priorly owned by Rocketdyne) on which the laboratory is located, is off limits to the public …

Link: Turnaround at J & A International, in Google Maps … https://www.google.com/maps/dir/158+Bell+Canyon+Rd,+Bell+Canyon,+CA/152+Ctl+II+Rd,+Brandeis,+CA+93064/@34.2141654,-118.6898359,243m/am=t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x80e8279d7dfd3f83:0x6964a075d483cd52!2m2!1d-118.687357!2d34.20163!3m4!1m2!1d-118.6912303!2d34.2215645!3s0x80e8279361f29997:0x76d7793130101b75!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e827dedffa7fb3:0xadeab2018424cfdb!2m2!1d-118.7007632!2d34.2363838!3e0 ..

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

DEFINITION: MYSTERY RIFFS

What is a ‘Mystery Riff’? A Mystery Riff is a stream-of-consciousness series of photos, words, links, and/or visual experiences. Sometimes a Riff throws light on a course of energy present in the unconscious thought cloud of the world, or the underpinnings of an astral story floating round in the ethers.

I have noticed that today’s movies and television shows do that as well … only with strong subconscious umph … because the subconscious mind operates through pictorial images, rather than through abstract thought. For more on this, search ‘metaphor’ at my website.

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On Blessing and Healing Gaia . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 13 January 2014; revised
Location: Sage Ranch, Simi Hills, California

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • The Story of Nuclear and Other Contamination Near Sage Ranch
    • Conversation With a Nature Spirit Guarding a Sage Ranch Oak Tree
    • A Request That Everyone Send Healing Energy to Gaia’s Nuclear Reactor Leak Sites

Dear Ones,

This video is about nature spirits, the Santa Susana Field Lab nuclear leak in 1959, and how we can bless and heal the Earth and her waters. A Summary follows the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

The Story of Nuclear and Other Contamination Near Sage Ranch

I am here at Sage Ranch in Los Angeles, which is very high on a mountaintop, and has a beautiful view of the Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley. There was a story I meant to tell you about this place. It goes like this …

In 1959, just to the west of here, as I have mentioned in the past, there was a nuclear reactor leak …

Link: “Accidents and Site Contamination” in “Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory#Accidents_and_site_contamination … Search for the subheading: Accidents and Site Contamination

And for several days they did not know about it, or did not know how to fix it … one or the other. And so, the leak spread through these hills here.

The wind was blowing this way, and the leak spread through Sage Ranch, and on down through San Fernando Valley. And it has done some damage that is still here … that and the rocket fuel cleaning fluid that seeped down into the substratum down here. They have both done some damage to the land here.

Conversation With a Nature Spirit Guarding a Sage Ranch Oak Tree

And I knew this; and when I go through, I say a little prayer, a blessing for the clearing of the Earth. So the other day, I was walking down, and I saw this lone, beautiful little oak tree, in the middle of a field, that was looking a little desolate. So I went down to explore, and see this little oak tree, and what lay beyond it.

And just when I got to the oak tree, I heard a buzzing in my left ear … a high-pitched buzzing. And then I heard this winsome little voice … I think it was a nature spirit …

It was saying: We don’t want humans here!

And I said: Why?

And they said: We’re trying to fix this place up!

And I said: Oh, I’m sorry!

And the buzzing was still happening in my ear. So then I went back out towards the path, and turned around, and I saw that the land was laboring under this burden of toxins. You know? More so than I had noticed previously.

So I said some Aum‘s, and I visualized the Earth clearing, and healing, and the waters beneath the ground healing as well. And I [thought of] all of the nature spirits, who seemed to have been pretty upset by this, and are doing their very best. And today I came back and did the same thing; and did my best to channel down energy, into the deep, deep soil of Earth here.

And I noticed, while I was here: There are so many sandstone rock formations … And they are not like granite, which has inclusions of big crystals in it, that are very good for transmitting energy … But I am thinking that sandstone does have silica in it; these are tiny little crystals that may help to hold the energy, since they are underneath the ground here, and subterranean water lies on top of them. So I am hoping, in future times, to anchor the energy into the tiny crystals in the sandstone.

A Request That Everyone Send Healing Energy to Gaia’s Nuclear Reactor Leak Sites

If you have a chance to walk near Sage Ranch … If you live in the Los Angeles area and have a chance to do that, it would be wonderful if you could send some good energy. From wherever you are, you can do that: To every nuclear reactor leak site in the whole world … You could send healing energy to the Earth!

And I would be so grateful for that. And the Earth would be so grateful! And millions of nature spirits would be happy! … And for the waters of Earth; for the oceans, and the aquifers, and all of those areas where that radiation has gotten down into it. You know?

Just visualize all that clean and pure … just like comet ice on water … pure of any kind of energy of Duality. I think it would be a wonderful service to Earth.

That is all for now. Talk to you later. Love you!

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