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Environmental Groups Denounce NASA Decision on California Test Site Cleanup

5 Oct 2020, 22:17 UTC
Environmental Groups Denounce NASA Decision on California Test Site Cleanup
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory in 2005.

Trump Administration Announces It Is Breaking Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup Agreement

Press ReleaseOct. 2, 2020

Committee to Bridge the GapPhysicians for Social Responsibility-Los AngelesParents Against Santa Susana Field LabRocketdyne Cleanup Coalition

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.

In 2010, NASA signed a consent order with the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to clean up the NASA area of SSFL to background levels of contamination by 2017. However, the soil cleanup hasn’t even begun, and today the Trump Administration announced it is refusing to clean up 84% of the polluted acreage, in breach of the 2010 agreement.

The dramatic nature of the Trump Administration abrogation of the cleanup commitments and the large amount ...

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