A 2.800 acres large Nuclear Site was built in the hills of Simi Valley a town of 8000 (back in the 50's. Current population 124,237 in 2010) The complex built there Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is also an complex of industrial research and development facilities.
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Several Experimental Nuclear Reactors have been tested at this facility that the Atomic Energy Commission hoped could become commercially viable. One of the reactors at Simi Valley used Sodium instead of Water as a coolant of the Nuclear Reactor Fuel. It was known as the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE). But the experiment went horrible wrong, triggering an technological nightmare putting Nuclear Disasters like 3-Mile Island to shame. What happened at Simi Valley turned out to become the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history. With amounts of radiation leaked to the environment and atomosphere more than 240 times that of the accident at 3-Mile Island. But none was told about this.
5 weeks after the Nuclear Disaster the Atomic Energy Commission released an press release claiming that only 1 Nuclear Fuel Rod had been slightly damaged and NO Radiation had been released into the environment. However that is far, far from the truth.. The Atomic Energy Commission was trying to cover up the fact that 13 Fuel Rods had been damaged and High Levels of Radiation had already been released from the failed experimental nuclear reactor. 1/3 of the Nuclear Fuel had experienced melting, it was one of the worst Nuclear Accidents in the history of the U.S and the Atomic Energy Commission lied about it.
All this would have never been disclosed at all if it was not for Daniel Hirsch's student Michael Rose. The SSFL facility has had some 24 nuclear accidents over the years. These accidents go by the name "excursions" to hide the seriousness of the situations from the common public. There have been several non-nuclear accidents at the site as well. A most recent one (that are known to the public) occurred in 1994 when one scientist was killed an another was seriously injured while trying to (illegally) dispose of chemicals by burning them..
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