Resolution on Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup

WHEREAS, a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, chemicals utilized in rocket testing, and numerous other accidents, spills, and releases resulted in widespread radioactive and hazardous chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket testing facility in Ventura County just outside the cities of Los Angeles and Simi Valley; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have entered into agreements with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to restore the site to its natural state by cleaning up all detectable contamination on their parts of the property to background level defined by DTSC, but Boeing, which controls the rest of the property, has not entered into the agreement and successfully sued to overturn legislation requiring cleanup to “Residential/Rural-residential levels,” and

WHEREAS, DTSC has begun a CEQA process to evaluate potential environmental impacts relative to the proposed cleanup of the SSFL site, and as part of this process will seek public input on remediation and mitigation.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls upon the DTSC, NASA, DOE, and Boeing to implement a prompt and full clean up background level of the SSFL site.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges all organizations and other stakeholders to respect and observe the above principles in evaluating and implementing cleanup operations and to do more to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, giving due consideration to minimizing negative impacts of the cleanup on neighbors, including utilizing when possible on-site processing of contaminants, considering alternate routes and methods for removal of material that cannot be de-contaminated on site to reduce traffic, preventing accidental dissemination of contaminants into the community, protecting the water system, and preserving archeological sites and artifacts.

Author: DPSFV
Passed by LACDP

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