Did you hear any reports that the latest storm of deadly fires which swept through Southern California /”The Woolsey Fire” started on the grounds of the Southern California Santa Susana Nuclear Testing Lab?  Did you hear that the smoke from those fires contained dangerous radiation from the labs? 

Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), and Professor Harvey Wasserman say YES.  

As much as the media covered the fires, somehow those important aspects – and their impact never got into the news.  Come hear why…and much more:  

This Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Aris & Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, 90230

Hosted by Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California (ADA).  

You are invited to this free event.

 Holiday snacks will be served--It is pot-luck so bring something to share, if you are so inclined.

Free parking in rear and on the street.

Please RSVP to [email protected] to assure that there is adequate seating.

For more info:  310-729-2394




Photos show that one fire that contributed to The Woolsey Fire, the firestorm which blackened much of Southern California in November 2018, began on the grounds of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). Rocky Peak Bell Canyon Fire

Google Map of the affected area where the fire is.

A reactor there suffered a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, when radioactive gases were vented over the Simi and San Fernando valleys.  Other nuclear activities, tens of thousands of rocket-engine tests, and numerous accidents, spills, and releases led to widespread contamination of the surrounding areas with radioactive and toxic materials.  To this day, few people realize that Southern California suffered from a serious partial nuclear meltdown with far reaching effects.  Independent studies indicate increased cancers associated with proximity to the site, and the public remains at risk of exposure due to offsite migration of contaminants in soil, vegetation, groundwater and surface water.

Two videos, documenting the meltdown and its effects can be seen can be seen here and here .

The Department of Toxic Substances Control, which oversees the cleanup, committed to a full clean up by 2017, but the cleanup has yet to begin. "DTSC and the parties responsible for cleaning up the contamination - NASA, the Dept. of Energy, and Boeing - have employed every trick in the book to evade the cleanup,” says Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA).  “Now, much of SSFL's toxicity has literally been ignited and sent to places near and far.”

“Though the media, as usual, denies it,” adds Harvey Wasserman, “we have every reason to believe the fire may well have spread major quantities of radiation throughout the region.  

“True to form, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) immediately denied there was any chance of radioactive harm to the general population.  But, as always, they issued the statement long before any significant testing was done, and have no scientific proof to deny the obvious fact that this hugely contaminated site, when swept over by a raging fire, was virtually certain to emit huge quantities of deadly poisons into the air throughout southern California.”

Is there a way to know for certain what really happened at Santa Susana and throughout the downwind region?  Join Denise, Harvey & the ADA to find out.  

Denise Duffield and Prof. Harvey Wasserman will be discussing whether, there has, in fact, been radioactive and toxic fallout from the Woolsey fire, and if so, what can be done to protect ourselves both from this fallout, and from future related problems.

Denise Duffield is Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA); History Professor Harvey Wasserman hosts KPFK's California Solartopia Show Thursdays 6:30-7pm and has been active in the national No Nukes movement since 1973.

Tuesday, December 4,  2018 at 7:30 pm,

The Aris and Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA  90230

The discussion is being hosted by Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California (ADA)

Further information:  (310) 729-2394

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NOTE TO EDITORS:  Both Speakers are available for interviews:  Contact:  Denise Duffield, 310-339-9676 or [email protected], or Harvey Wasserman:  614-738-3646 or[email protected]

Americans for Democratic Action was founded more than 70 years ago by a distinguished group of progressive visionaries, including John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Founded in the wake of the New Deal, ADA is at the cutting edge of every important struggle for human rights, world peace and social and economic justice.

Jan Goodman, Vice President, Americans for Democratic Action of So.Cal.
(310) 729-2394

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