Those of us who’ve lived in the rural area southwest of Tracy since the 1970s have known when underground detonations at Site 300 have gone off as windows shudder and millions of tiny fissures appear on the stucco exteriors of our houses.
The reason the Royster Tire fire of 1998 was not extinguished was because allowing the fire to smolder and eventually burn itself out would be safer as the ground would harden underneath (the kiln effect), thus not allowing toxic oil by-products to seep into the groundwater table.
The new owner who bought the Royster property under a distressed value faces the possibility that such harmful by-products did leech into the aquifer, similar to what happened to tritium, the underground detonation residue from Site 300. Meanwhile, three of my immediate neighbors have died from a cancer-related illness.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory admits that depleted uranium in aerosol form might accompany new Site 300 explosive testing. What obscure national agency is going to be held accountable for posing a threat to the health and safety of persons or property in and around these test sites
“Oh fear not ye’ of frail heart,” you may wish to hold on to your wallet instead, for it is we who will suffer the inequities of someone else’s negligence.
K.L. Vosburg, Tracy