sb-990

For years, PSR-LA worked to ensure the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), the site of rocket engine tests, nuclear energy research and a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959. Extensive chemical and radioactive contamination exists across the site in soil, groundwater, and surface water.

Sign the letter demanding proper cleanup of SSFL.

Federally-funded studies have found evidence that on-site exposures resulted in significantly elevated death rates from cancer among exposed workers, indications of increased cancer rates in nearby populations associated with their proximity to the site, and off-site releases of pollutants at levels that could produce significant health effects in the surrounding communities.

In 2007, PSR-LA joined environmental, anti-nuclear, and community groups in advocating for SB990 (Kuehl), a bill that requires the parties responsible for the contamination – the Boeing Company, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – to clean the site to the highest environmental standards. Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill in 2008 making SB990 State law.

Unfortunately, the draft Consent Order to implement SB990 circumvents provisions of SB990, including the core stipulation that the most protective EPA Superfund standards be used to clean up the site. As it stands, the draft Consent Order could result in a clean up, or lack of clean up, that would fail to protect public health. 

Please take action now! Sign PSR-LA’s letter urging the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to revise the draft Consent Order to comply with SB990 or develop a new Consent Order which follows the law and the will of the people and State of California.

Thank you for all you do.

–All of us at PSR-LA