EPA Uses Mules to Fight against Radioactive Contamination at Los Angeles Lab

May 13, 2010 - 2:53 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency has a new weapon in the fight against radioactive contamination at a Los Angeles-area lab: Mules.
Los Angeles (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has a new weapon in the fight against radioactive contamination at a Los Angeles-area lab: Mules.
 
The EPA will use four mules to carry high-tech scanning equipment to detect radiation on steep and rocky terrain at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
 
The EPA is conducting a survey of soil and water contamination at the lab near Simi Valley, where rocket engines were tested for years and a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor took place in 1959.
 
About 500 acres of the lab will be scanned for gamma radiation.
 
Results will be turned over to the state, which is overseeing a cleanup.