contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory has been a problem
for decades. The lab was operated by divisions of North American
Aviation, which eventually became Rockwell International, then Boeing.
It was the site of rocket engine testing and nuclear power development
that led to toxins leaching into the dirt and groundwater.
Residents are understandably pissed that weapons giant Boeing just got a $15 million stimulus
contract for cleaning up the same site they poisoned for decades with a
toxic stew of pollutants, earning them a $471,000 fine in the days when
companies were held accountable for such things. California Watch
reports the company heedlessly dumped chromium, dioxin, lead,mercury
and 97 other pollutants into a creek feeding the Los Angeles River that
they are now being handsomely rewarded to clean up.