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Trump Administration Announces It Is Breaking Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup Agreement

The Trump Administration today issued its Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the cleanup of contamination on NASA’s portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL.) The decision is to violate a legally binding 2010 federal-state agreement that required returning the site to the condition it was in before being polluted. Instead, NASA now plans to walk away from cleaning up the great majority of the contamination, leaving it to continue to migrate offsite.

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Agreement to Demolish Buildings in Santa Susana Nuclear Area Met By Skepticism

On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) signed a consent order to tear down parts of 10 buildings in the nuclear area of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Both DOE and DTSC released press releases heralding the agreement, which has been covered in many media outlets.

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Feb. 13 Community Meeting – SSFL Cleanup Crisis: Finding a Path Forward

Please join us on Thursday, February 13 for an urgent SSFL Work Group meeting, featuring CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld. Recently, all three responsible parties for the SSFL cleanup have indicated their intent to break their cleanup agreements and leave most of the contamination on the site permanently. The cleanup is now at an impasse, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Rock the Cleanup Commemorates 60th Anniversary of SSFL Meltdown and Rallies the Community for the Full, Promised SSFL Cleanup

The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition would like to thank all those who came out to the “Rock the Cleanup” event on July 13 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the SSFL meltdown. We were heartened by the large turnout, enthusiastic participation by community members and elected officials, and surprise guests Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.

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California Congressmembers Urge Dept. of Energy, NASA, CalEPA to Uphold Agreements for Full Cleanup of Meltdown Site

July 12, 2019 – Senator Dianne Feinstein and eight California Congressmembers sent a letter today to Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, NASA Administrator TIm Bridenstine, and CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld urging compliance with agreements to fully cleanup radiological and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL.)

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Join us July 13 – 60th Anniversary of SSFL Meltdown

Please join us on Saturday, July 13 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) and to rally for the full cleanup of SSFL’s nuclear and chemical contamination that we were promised. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA at the pavilions near the ballpark.

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60th Anniversary of Nuclear Meltdown Near Los Angeles to Be Commemorated July 13

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, community members who live near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) will hold an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the site’s partial nuclear meltdown and to rally in support of its long overdue cleanup. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA at the pavilions near the ballpark.

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Take Action by Sunday Nov. 18 – Oppose Dept of Energy Plan to Evade SSFL Cleanup!

Had DOE complied with its obligations, the tragic Woolsey fire that appears to have begun at SSFL and spread far throughout the region would not have carried with it the risk of spreading contamination far beyond SSFL in the smoke from the burning polluted vegetation and soil. Ironically, during the same time as the SSFL fire, DOE has been soliciting public comment on its newest plan to break out of its cleanup obligations in the future.

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Woosley Fire Burns Rocketdyne

Rocketdyne should have been cleaned up long ago. Now, some of our worse fears have been realized – the Woolsey fire, which appears to have started at Rocketdyne (Santa Susana Field Laboratory or SSFL), has burned through a good portion of the site, risking more exposures to SSFL’s radiological and chemical contamination.

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Concerns About SSFL Contamination Force Simi Valley to Put Groundwater Plans on Hold

In response to community concerns, the City of Simi Valley has put plans to use Simi’s groundwater for drinking water on hold. The City’s decision came after community demonstrations and concerns expressed at City Council and neighborhood council meetings.

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