The Santa Susana Field Laboratory overlooks the Simi and San Fernando valleys in Southern California. It was once home to the rocket engine manufacturer, Rocketdyne, and for decades served as a nuclear and energy research center.
It was also plagued by a series of accidents like fires, meltdowns, and other incidents in which toxic substances were released into the environment, often without public knowledge.
An investigative team from KNBC in Los Angeles has been looking into activities at Santa Susana, specifically at an event that happened in 1959 that may have been one of the worst nuclear incidents in U.S. history.
Joining Take Two to discuss:
- Joel Grover, the KNBC reporter who spent a year looking into the story