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Teen v. Boeing – Robin Estrin getting traction in efforts to get Rocketdyne site cleaned up.

I am writing this letter to urge you to clean up the nuclear contamination that was left after the Rocketdyne meltdown that occurred in 1959.

So starts teenager Robin Estrin’s open letter to Boeing, posted at HuffPo and on Michael Moore’s website.

The Santa Susana Field Lab where the accident occurred is not too far from my neighborhood. I understand that you have begun pursuing a lawsuit to rid yourself of the legal responsibility you have to clean up your mess. … Please, try to look at it from my point of view … When my teammates practice lacrosse three times a week at our park, we have to worry about the safety of the air we breathe and the soil we play on.

Robin’s father is Eric Estrin, who led LA Observed’s screenplay project and is contributing editor at The Wrap. He wrote to tell me that the attention seems to be getting her fight some traction. “Now Boeing has invited Robin's group, the Teens Against Toxins, to tour their facility and meet with officials from the company and from NASA and the Department of Energy.”

I’m sure we’ll find out how the meeting – scheduled for next week – goes.

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