The Santa Susana Field Lab, at Burrow Flats, above Simi Valley was run by Rocketdyne for the testing of missile engines. A saline-cooled nuclear reactor was also used there.
Watch the following short documentary and read the following articles (UCLA Study, Article 1 and Article 2) to learn about the meltdown(s) that occurred there, the resulting contamination and cancer clusters in the Simi area, the current state of affairs, and plans for the future of the Lab grounds.
Peruse other articles from the Article Bank and answer the following questions (either as numbered questions or as an essay. Either way, USE COMPLETE SENTENCES).
1) What was the purpose of the Santa Susana Field Lab? What types of experiments were conducted there? What were the years of operation?
2) What was unique about the reactor?
3) What happened and what was this historically important/significant to us, here in Simi especially?
4) What were the results AT THE TIME of this event? (immediate results)
5) What has happened, as a result of this event, during the remainder of the 20th century?
6) What is the current status of the Santa Susana Field Lab and the grounds in the 21st century? Why is this still an issue all these years later?
7) What is the planned/proposed usage for this land? (discuss all that apply)
8) Why should we care NOW about the current status and planned uses of the site of the former
Santa Susana Field Lab? (Hint: Brandeis Inst. summer camp....etc)
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