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.Read More ...
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.
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.Read More ...
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.Read More ...
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.Read More ...
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.Read More ...
A petition to bring back the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) Interagency workgroup has been signed by over 200 people. The petition requests that DTSC reinstate the Workgroup, which has served the community, elected officials, and media for over 20 years.
*UPDATED – Community efforts successfully revive SSFL Work Group! Next meeting February 5, 2014.
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