NASA plans to raze test stands at former nuke site

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — NASA is planning to raze rocket test stands and other structures at a former nuclear research laboratory outside Los Angeles that had a partial meltdown decades ago.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1jokw7H ) the demolition won't occur until the space agency completes soil fieldwork and archaeological studies at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

Engineers tested rocket engines, conducted nuclear energy research and developed nuclear reactors for four decades. In 1959, one of the reactors had a partial meltdown.

Responsible parties including Boeing , the Energy Department and NASA have been working with state officials to meet a 2017 deadline to clean up the site.

Former NASA engineer Lyle Hibbs told the Star he would like to see at least one test stand preserved as a reminder.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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