The Kardashians have teamed up with a Change.org petition starter to demand a clean-up of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history.
On last night’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim and Kourtney welcomed Change.org petition starter and activist Melissa Bumstead into their home. The Kardashians live just miles away from the Santa Susana Field Lab, the toxic site that Melissa says gave her daughter and 50+ other children rare forms of cancer.
The petition states that “In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history – and it was completely covered up for years.”
After Kourtney Kardashian discovered that the destructive 2018 Woolsey Fire was reported to have started at the Santa Susana Field Lab, potentially exposing millions of people to the toxic waste via ash and smoke, she and her sisters started sharing Melissa’s Change.org petition calling for a full cleanup of the site.
Since then, the Kardashians have been working with Melissa and other community activists to get the attention of lawmakers who can force the issue of the cleanup. Melissa’s petition has over 700,000 signatures and continues to grow.
In the episode, Kim and Kourtney are shocked to learn that Melissa’s 9-year-old daughter is a two-time survivor of cancer. They vow to help fight for the cleanup and to meet with CA State Senator Henry Stern.
Melissa said of her experience working with the Kardashians:
“Kim and Kourtney were exceptionally attentive and genuine in their concern. Meeting with them gave us so much hope that we can and will win this campaign to protect all of our children.”
To sign the petition, visit Change.org.