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Court Halts Disposal of Radioactive SSFL Debris at Unlicensed Facilities

The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending the final outcome of a lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactive debris from the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a former nuclear reactor and rocket engine test site.

The suit was brought by the Strumwasser and Woocher and Consumer Watchdog on behalf of PSR-LA, Committee to Bridge the Gap, and the Southern California Federation of Scientists. We argued that the DTSC was violating CEQA by failing to perform any of the required environmental review for the demolition of Boeing-owned structures at Area IV, the nuclear portion of the site, prior to authorizing their demolition and disposal.

In the order enjoining DTSC from granting any further approval to Boeing’s activities pending the outcome of litigation, Judge Allen Sumner wrote, “The court concludes Petitioners established a reasonable probability they will prevail on their CEQA claim against DTSC, and the balance of harms on the record to date tips in their favor.”

Read the comprehensive study, Demolition Of Radioactive Structures And The Disposal And Recycling Of The Debris From The Santa Susana Field Laboratory Nuclear Area, by longtime PSR-LA ally Committee to Bridge the Gap.

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