County Probes Whether Dust Drifted From Contaminated Field Lab Site Because of Detonations

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The activists allege that the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is overseeing the long-planned cleanup, allowed the energy department to “dynamite” the two buildings without proper dust control to prevent the spread of contamination.

“This was an explosive blunder by DTSC in its bungled oversight in places like Santa Susana,” Jeff Ruch, Pacific director of nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said in a news release.

The energy department denied that dynamite was used in taking down the two buildings. Instead, shaped charges – explosives that concentrate force in a particular direction – were utilized, the department said.

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