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(EnviroNews California) – The infamous accident at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island power facility is typically the first meltdown that comes to mind when people think about nuclear disasters in America. While CNN has reported that it was the worst nuclear meltdown ever in the United States, they are…

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  While CNN calls Three Mile Island the worst nuclear disaster on American soil, the news agency completely overlooks the Santa Susana Field Laboratory meltdown in 1959 — a meltdown that occurred without a containment…

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Top 10 California DisastersThe ocean waters around the Farallon Islands served as a nuclear waste dumping ground from 1948 until 1970. Just 30 miles from San Francisco, the Atomic Energy Commission threw almost 50,000 barrels of waste into…

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This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  The Salton Sea was created when irrigation routes were mishandled and allowed to run into the Salton Sink in southeastern California from 1905 to 1907. The inland sea has no outlet and is fed…

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This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  While our own EnviroNews USA Editor-in-Chief, in an off-the-cuff in an interview with Erin Brockovich, referred to the little-known and largely forgotten Lakeview Gusher No. 1 as probably the third- or fourth-largest oil spill…

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  This refinery has had two recent incidents, which should make anyone question the quest for petroleum over the health of people. In 1999, the refinery had an explosion and fire that sent more than…

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Top 10 California DisastersThe Chevron Refinery at El Segundo was fined $2.25 million for releasing about 4.5 million gallons of jet fuel into an aquifer that is not used for drinking water during the course of about a…

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  In 1991, when a railroad tanker spilled its contents into the upper Sacramento River, Jim Pedri, supervising engineer for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Central Valley office, called it “the worst chemical-environmental…

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters  If you have ever experienced the majesty of giant redwoods in Northern California, you understand the peace and wisdom that these giants represent. Walking through a forest where these trees reign is more than…

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Top 10 California Disasters

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Top 10 California DisastersWhen the Los Angeles aqueduct was opened in 1913, it diverted water from Owens Lake. Just 13 years later the lake, which once could float a steamboat, had dried up — to slake the thirst…