NEW PETITION – Stop ATSDR Interference in the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) Cleanup!

ATSDR should not interfere with the SSFL cleanup.

ATSDR should not interfere with the SSFL cleanup.

UPDATE – DECEMBER 8, 2015 – ATSDR has determined that it will not get involved at SSFL! The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition would like to all who signed our petition urging ATSDR to stay out.

Click here to view petition signed by over 500 community members!

RCC had learned in September that the SSFL cleanup was again at risk, this time from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) which had announced that it had accepted a petition which had asked it to repudiate past studies that showed potential health risks from SSFL and to weigh in against the current cleanup agreements. Not surprisingly, it was submitted by a former manager at SSFL and current consultant to the Department of Energy, which is one of the polluters at SSFL. To protect public health, this had to be stopped and we protested immediately.

Adding to our concerns was ATSDR’s reputation for doing quick, shoddy reviews that whitewash health risks from contamination caused by the federal government. We already have high quality independent studies showing potential health risks from SSFL, and we already have binding cleanup agreements between the federal and state governments to clean up all the contamination. ATSDR was not planning to do any new testing for contamination or new research on health problems in the community. It was highly inappropriate for the feds to try to undo either the past studies or the cleanup commitments.

The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition is pleased that ATSDR Director Dr. Patrick Breysse did the right thing by determining that ATSDR would reverse course. Click here to read the letter ATSDR sent to stakeholders informing them of the agency’s decision.

Again, many thanks to all those who took action to protect the SSFL cleanup! Scroll down to view our petition and signatures from community members, many of whom added thoughtful and passionate comments.