Update, 9-5-13: The museum is now known as the Aerospace Contamination Museum of Education.
Los Angelenos will have a chance to share and learn from former employees of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and other related facilities at Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education’s (ACME) Employee History Day, Sunday, October 25, 2009, from 1 PM to 6 PM. This Event is FREE, OPEN to the public and refreshments will be provided.
As we appreciate the remarkable history of Santa Susana Field Laboratory’s 3,000-acre toxic Superfund site at the eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley, it will help us understand what’s needed for a thorough environmental cleanup to address employee health situations for today. ACME’s Employee History Day is set in a backdrop which houses thousands of historical maps, photographs and interactive displays of the Field Lab in a museum setting. You can browse hundreds of titles in the Jonathan Parfrey Nuclear Book Collection, donated by Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Los Angeles Associate Director, Denise Duffield.
William Preston Bowling and Christina Walsh, ACME’s founders, are spokespeople for convincing proof that the highly toxic chemicals used at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (such as TCE or radionuclides) have lots to do with hundreds of cancer patients concentrated near Chatsworth. And 50 years ago, in July 1959, the Sodium Reactor Experiment located at Atomics International’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory facility melted down, one of nine nuclear accidents at the same site. According to Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education’s Website, the Los Angeles Times reported that one accident released 240 times more radioactivity than did 1979’s Three-Mile Island. All this took place within 20 casual minutes’ driving distance from of the most highly-traveled freeway in the U.S., next door to millions of Angeleno residents and workers.
The Annenberg Foundation-funded, nonprofit Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education is in Chatsworth, CA. Along with former Santa Susana Field Laboratory employees, Walsh and Bowling will be available to relate the extensive histories of companies involved at the Santa Susana Field Lab, including divisions of North American Aviation, Atomics International, Rocketdyne, Boeing and NASA. The U.S. government also owned contractor-run facilities at the Field Lab such as the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
About 18 months old, ACME is the 2009 recipient of the City of Calabasas™ Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award.