If Your Tap Water Tastes Like Rocket Fuel, Go Here
There have been fears that spilled rocket fuel and other nasty stuff from the facility has leeched into the Santa Ana River and Orange County's drinking water. Santa Monica freelance reporter Michael Collins has written extensively about the clean-up, contributing a piece that appeared in the Weekly nearly nine years ago titled "Russians, Rockets and the Santa Ana River." His reporting, and public outcry, helped prod the state into demanding a more comprehensive cleanup of the polluted site.
Thursday's hearing--which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at McCoy Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills--centers on the state certifying the closure of the Open Burn/Open Detonation Unit, which was used to burn or destroy ordnance that did not meet government standards back in the day. Aeroject operated on the site from 1954 to 1995. More hearing details are here.