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. Half a million people live within ten miles of the site.
Today, three-dozen nuclear watchdog organizations sent an urgent message to Congress declaring resumption of nuclear weapons testing by the United States “absolutely unacceptable” and “dangerously destabilizing.”
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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. The agreement was met by skepticism from community members and cleanup advocates.
California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld will discuss cleanup efforts at the Santa Susana Field Lab on February 13 at a meeting of the SSFL Work Group. The SSFL Work Group was founded in 1989 to educate and engage the community, government agencies, and elected officials in the cleanup. The meeting will include a public Q&A with a panel of experts, community members, and elected officials.
Comments on NASA’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) cleanup submitted by the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles opposed NASA’s attempt to walk away from cleaning up most of the contamination on its SSFL property and urged NASA to comply with its legally-binding cleanup agreement.