From JTA: The organization that oversees a popular Jewish summer camp near Los Angeles denied reports that it knowingly may have exposed tens of thousands of its campers to radioactive waste and toxic chemicals — calling reports to that effect “deeply flawed and entirely misleading.”
Dr. Robert Wexler, the president of American Jewish University, made the statement Tuesday in response to a local NBC affiliate report that it covered up evidence that its Camp Alonim for children and teens may have been contaminated by a neighboring Simi Valley facility, now owned by Boeing.
“In their most recent broadcast, KNBC suggested strongly that AJU, and the prior managers of Brandeis-Bardin, sought to conceal evidence that our property is contaminated. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Our overriding goal is the safety of everyone who visits Brandeis-Bardin, and we are confident that our site is absolutely safe despite KNBC’s misleading report,” the statement said.
The 2,800-acre property on which the camp is located — known as the Brandeis-Bardin Campus after the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, which runs the camp — sat next to the former Santa Susana Field Lab since it was purchased in 1947. American Jewish University took over operations of the property in 2007.
Over the years, the field lab was home to ten low-power nuclear reactors, a sodium burn pit, a plutonium fuel fabrication facility and a a uranium carbide fuel fabrication facility.
The NBC4 investigation uncovered reports, studies and tests that show campers and staff could have been exposed to radioactive materials and toxic chemicals from the field lab that migrated onto the Brandeis property through groundwater, surface water and wind.
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