Community Thankful for Return of the SSFL Work Group
Community Thankful for Return of the SSFL Work Group 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.

Pictured left: SSFL Work Group presentation on potentially contaminated building demolition and debris disposal at SSFL.

The SSFL Work Group is Back!

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The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition is thrilled to announce the return of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Inter-Agency Work Group! RCC has been a member of the SSFL Work Group panel for over 20 years.

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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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Boeing Influence on DTSC and SSFL Cleanup Exposed in New Report

NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit catches DTSC Director Debbie Raphael meeting with Boeing lobbyist Peter Weiner

The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition applauds a new report by the public interest group Consumer Watchdog that addresses DTSC’s failure to protect communities from toxic waste. Informed in part by whistleblowers within DTSC, the report’s findings include that the agency “suffers from a bias toward industry encouraged by a revolving door between regulators, lobbyists, and lawyers.” PIctured left: DTSC Director Debbie Raphael meeting with Boeing lobbyist Peter Weiner.

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Radiation Found at Hundreds of Locations at SSFL

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The US EPA has announced the results of a three year survey of contamination in Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL.) Though Boeing claimed it had cleaned everything up, EPA found hundreds of locations with contamination, a half century after a partial nuclear meltdown and other accidents. EPA found 291 soil samples with Cesium-137 contamination, at levels up to 1,000 times background and far above EPA’s remediation goals for unrestricted use. In addition, 153 samples had strontium-90 contamination, at levels up to 284 times background.

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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.

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Rocketdyne Reading

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