Since the 2018 Woolsey Fire, Ventura and LA County residents have become more aware of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), site of a partial nuclear meltdown and other toxic accidents, spills, and releases. The Woolsey fire began at SSFL and burned most of the site. Federally-funded studies show increased cancers associated with proximity to SSFL and that radioactive and chemical toxic contamination migrates off of the site over EPA levels of concern.
Boeing, the Dept. of Energy, and NASA signed agreements to fully clean up all of SSFL’s contamination by 2017, but the cleanup hasn’t begun. Recently, all three have indicated their intent to break their cleanup agreements and leave most of the contamination on the site permanently. The cleanup is now at an impasse, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld will discuss cleanup efforts 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.
SSFL Cleanup Crisis: Finding a Path Forward
Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:30 PM Candlelight vigil – 7:00 PM SSFL Work Group Meeting
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Hosted by SSFL Work Group, Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles, Committee to Bridge the Gap, Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition and Parents Against SSFL.