New EPA data show substantial radioactivity at site of SSFL partial meltdown

Gamma isotopic detector mounted on burro at SSFL

Assemblymember Julia Brownley issued a press release on March 5, 2012 regarding new EPA data that show significant radioactive contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

The press release states: “Fifty-three years after a partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site in the Chatsworth Hills, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just released data finding extensive radioactive contamination still remains at the accident site.” She continues, “Data show exceedance levels ran as high as 1,000 times the ‘radiation trigger levels’ (RTLs).”

The RTLS were established by EPA pursuant to the historic cleanup agreement between the Department of Energy and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control in September 2010.

“The findings are extremely disappointing especially because the site has already undergone two cleanup efforts by its owner, The Boeing Company, and the Department of Energy. Each declared the land fully cleaned.”

Click here to read the full Brownley statement.

Media Coverage to date:

  • LA Daily News: Rocketdyne radiation is still abundant
  • Radiation readings soar at Rocketdyne
  • Chatsworth Patch: Brownley: New data show radioactivity still lurks at Santa Susana Field Lab
  • LA Observed: Radioactive chemical levels still high at Santa Susana
  • VC Star: Study finds contamination at Santa Susana Field Lab exceeds limits
  • The Mainichi Daily News: High levels of cesium found at former nuclear lab outside L.A.
  • Simi Valley Acorn: Study finds excessive radiation levels at field lab

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