A last remaining survivor recalls field lab’s nuclear meltdown

Santa Susana disaster one of the nation’s worst


DANGER—Pace runs the reactor just prior to its meltdown.
John Pace was a teenager—just 19 years old—when he showed up for what he thought would be a normal day at work on July 13, 1959 at Atomics International in Simi Valley.
Instead, Pace experienced the meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Lab, a nuclear event that is still considered among the worst in U.S. history.
More than 50 years later, the community is still grappling with how to clean up the site—once and for all.
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