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Feb 26, 2001

AFM Has New Mailing Address, Will Open Season At Buttonwillow, Near Dump For Dirt Contaminated With Strontium 90 And Cesium 137

The American Federation Of Motorcyclists (AFM) has a new mailing address, 6167 Jarvis Ave. #333, Newark, CA 94560.

The 2001 AFM Season kicks off weekend after next at Buttonwillow Raceway, near a controversial landfill that recently started accepting dirt contaminated with low levels of strontium 90 and cesium 137. The 14,000 tons of contaminated soil came from a now-closed nuclear lab, Santa Susana Field Laboratory, located in the Simi Valley area. The levels of strontium 90 and cesium 137 are so low that the dirt does not meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission definition of "radioactive". But that hasn't kept environmentalists from raising alarms about the Buttonwillow landfill, which is in the same windy, dusty area as the racetrack and began accepting the contaminated soil on January 22. Authorities estimate that it will take through April or May to transfer all 14,000 tons of dirt to the dump.

Meanwhile, the 2001 AFM schedule follows:

3/10-11Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA
4/14-15Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA

5/12-13Thunderhill Park, Willows, CA

6/2-3Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA

7/21-22Thunderhill Park, Willows, CA

8/18-19Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA

9/224-hr, Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA
9/23Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA
10/20-21Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA