Will SSFL Ever Be Cleaned Up? Learn More at October 1 Work Group meeting
Will SSFL Ever Be Cleaned Up? Learn More at October 1 Work Group meeting The SSFL Work Group will hold an important meeting on October 1 for a candid discussion about the contamination and cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. John Pace, a former Atomics International employee, will relay his first-person experiences during the partial nuclear meltdown of the Sodium Reactor Experiment. A panel of former workers and community members will add their experiences and insights, and discuss why this event matters today. Also addressed will be troubling developments regarding the SSFL cleanup agreements that leave some wondering if the nuclear and chemical contamination will ever be cleaned up.

Pictured left: John Pace peers into the reactor core after the partial nuclear meltdown at SSFL.

Court Decision Has No Impact on Meltdown Site Cleanup – DOE and NASA Santa Susana Cleanup Agreements Untouched

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September 19, 2014 – Today’s appeals court decision in a lawsuit Boeing filed back in 2009 will not affect the cleanup of the former reactor and rocket testing facility near Simi Valley, cleanup groups said.

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Report Exposes Boeing Efforts to Derail SSFL Cleanup

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A new report reveals the extent of Boeing’s efforts to derail the SSFL cleanup. The report recommends that DTSC fully enforce the legally binding Administrative Orders on Consent signed by NASA and DOE, and that Boeing be compelled to clean up its portion of Santa Susana to the land’s agricultural zoning/general plan, as DTSC committed to in the prior Administration. Click here to read the report.

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Community Thankful for Return of the SSFL Work Group

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Community members living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory expressed appreciation and support for the return of the SSFL Work Group at its first meeting in over two years on February 5, 2014.

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Judge Halts DTSC Approval of SSFL Radioactive Debris Disposal

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On December 11, 2013, the Superior Court in Sacramento issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from approving shipments of radioactive debris from the demolition of SSFL Boeing nuclear buildings to unlicensed disposal sites.

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NASA Flooded With Thousands of Comments Demanding Full SSFL Cleanup

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Thousands of commenters on NASA’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the cleanup of its portion of the badly polluted Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) demanded NASA fully meet all its obligations under its cleanup agreement, which requires cleanup of all detectable contamination.


Pictured left: Tens of thousands of rocket tests, like the one shown here, have contaminated NASA’s property at SSFL with TCE, perchlorate, dixions, PCBs, heavy metals and other hazardous chemicals.

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RCC featured in KNBC and KCBS News

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RCC members were featured in KNBC and KCBS news stories about the disposal of radioactive waste from SSFL to sites not licensed to accept such waste.

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Groups Sue to Stop SSFL Radioactive Waste from Going to Unlicensed Dumps

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Four public interest organizations have filed suit against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) to prevent radiologically contaminated waste from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory from going to sites not licensed or designed for radioactive waste.

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Los Angeles City Council Supports Full SSFL Cleanup

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The Los Angeles City Council today approved a resolution to oppose any legislation or administrative action which would transfer property at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) currently administered by NASA until the property is fully cleaned up. The resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Englander and Zine, was approved unanimously and demands that the site be cleaned up to background, as promised in 2010 cleanup agreements, before any transfer of the land.

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SSFL Cleanup FAQs

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Community Spotlight

Bonnie Klea was profiled in a VC Reporter cover story entitled, "Atomic Avenger." Read more

SSFL Cleanup on KCRW

The SSFL Cleanup Agreements are discussed on Warren Olney's KCRW's show on Which Way, LA? Click here to listen.

RCC Slideshow

Rocketdyne Reading

Read about RCC's long struggle to cleanup Rocketdyne and protect our communities in "A Loss of Innocence."