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Case Background: It was July 1994 when an explosion occurred at the Semi Valley Santa Susan Rocket testing field lab which was being operated by Rockwell  Corporation. Two respected scientists died in the resulting blast that day. On day later 6 Russian Scientist from the Soviet Union showed up for an appointment with the now  dead scientists. 

Defendants charged with Negligent Manslaughter:As a result of the explosion, Rockwell was charged in federal court with the wrongful deaths of the 2 scientists, along with numerous charges of dumping hazardous materials i.e. energetic explosives.

Investigative Services Provided: Larry J. Larson, by whom I was employed, was retained by the Law firm of O’Melveny & Meyer’s as the principal defense investigator on behalf of defendants.

Your Investigator was tasked to make extensive on site investigation of both the Rocket Lab and the Atomic reactor site. Many hours were spent in detailed Library research of the projects of the decedents. Extensive testing and recreation of the events of that day were conducted at out of state sites. As a result of these activities,it was determined that the deceased where contractors for National Security administration and the Central Intelligence Agency. They had extensive involvement in developing defensive avoidance  systems for our countries nuclear  guided missiles.

Successful Outcome for Defendants: Our investigations and successful application of our finding   by defendant’s legal team resulted in all charges, save one misdemeanor complaint for dumping, being dropped against Rockwell Corporation. Plus Rockwell  walked away, to the dismay of CA State, Ventura County & Federal authorities, with a Several Hundred Million Dollar contract for environmental site clean-up. 

One thing can lead to another/Side Note of Interest & Background: This case assignment was awarded, in part, to Larsen Investigations based on a prior assignment by Rockwell Aero Space Corporation in which I was able to furnish information/ proof that they did not contaminate a property which they had acquired. I was able to prove through examination of aerial fly by photos that the contamination had occurred prior to the completion of construction of the 101 Freeway section in the Newbury Park area. Rockwell was saved millions of dollars in clean up costs. 

Millions Made by Additional contractor steaming from my prior Field Lab involvement: In 2000 I was again involved ever so slightly with activities that involved the deceased scientist. I was retained to act as investigator and site Project Manager for a hazardous materials clean-up at the China Lake Naval  Air Base, Ridgecrest CA. That is a bombing range. Like the Field lab in which I got to watch fire, roar and sounds of rocket engines being tested, here I got to see lots of big bombs being dropped. Of interest it turns out that I found out the deceased scientist, unknown to me, had been taking those energetic explosives that got them killed by a back door route to the China Lake Air Base prior to their deaths. 

Because I had been involved in documenting the residues left by such explosive materials  I was able to determine the location and buildings that bore the tale, tale signs of the use of those energetic explosive materials. Well to make a long story short the contractor was awarded several millions of dollars in extra contract fee’s due to the change of conditions, i.e. unknown hazardous materials that would have to remove under different conditions that what the contract initially provided for. 

BooBoo the Lion: Foundations

by Michael D. Howard on 04/10/18

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