Toxic Fallout—True or False?
This empty field on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site was once a small city that
housed multiple nuclear facilities and was the scene of several reactor accidents including
a major incident in 1959. Almost all traces of the facilities have been removed as part
of environmental mitigation, but this area is within a half mile of the flash point of the
Woolsey Fire, causing concern among residents and activists who feared that radioactive
contamination contained in the soil and vegetation may have been released by the fire. Officials at the California Department of Toxic Substances have stated unequivocally that
the fire did not contribute to radiation exposure. Even so, the MRCA opted to perform soil tests at its parks before reopening them, as a precaution. The tests were negative for
radioactivity in excess of background levels.