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SSFL Contamination at Runkle Canyon and Brandeis-Bardin Institute? NBC4 Investigation and March 16 Work Group Meeting

NBC4 aired the 6th segment in its ongoing investigation of SSFL, “Living in the Shadow of a Toxic Mess,” on February 29, 2016. The investigation examined whether contamination from SSFL has migrated into Runkle Canyon, where a new housing development is nearing completion.

Two stories that aired in November, “Camp Cover-Up,” and a follow-up segment, also looked into contamination questions at the nearby Brandeis-Bardin Institute children’s camp.

The SSFL Work Group will take a close look at contamination issues at Runkle Ranch and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute at its upcoming meeting, Wednesday March 16 at 6:30

LA’s Nuclear Secret: A Call For Action

NBC aired the fifth segment of its year-long and ongoing investigation into SSFL, “LA’s Nuclear Secret: Call For Action,” on December 14, 2015, revealing that Boeing now estimates that as many as 96 people out of 100 would get cancer from the contamination if they lived on the site – yet it has asked state regulators to allow them to not clean up about 98% of the soil on its property. Leaving that much contamination on site poses a substantial risk to nearby communities through offsite migration.

NBC also reports that LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA City …

CBG’s Annual News Letter! 2015 Edition

In this edition we discuss the slow moving progress to clean up the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  We also look at other big nuclear stories of 2015, including revelations that the EPA’s radiation monitoring system is “broken” and the significant risk an earthquake would pose if it were to strike near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.  And of course, we are only able to bring you these stories and push for nuclear reform with help from people like you.  Please donate today.

Read the newsletter in pdf format by clicking the link: CBG_AnnualNewsletter15Winter_Fweb

CBG & Other Groups Oppose EPA’s Proposed Huge Increase in Permissible Radioactivity in Drinking Water

Read the group letter by clicking here.

On December 5, 2015, OMB received for review from the US EPA proposed changes to its Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for responding to radiological releases. Press reports indicate that the proposals would markedly increase the levels of allowable radioactive contaminants in drinking water. CBG, along with other groups, wrote to inform the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs that such an effort would be met with a firestorm of controversy, and urge that the proposals be rejected. The groups also requested a meeting/conference call with senior staff tasked with the review.…

ATSDR Rejects Petition to Repudiate SSFL Health Studies, Cleanup

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced on December 7th that it will reverse course on plans to get involved at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).

The announcement comes after months of public outcry over ATSDR’s prior decision to accept a petition that asked the agency to repudiate studies that showed potential health risks from SSFL and to weigh in against the site’s cleanup agreements. The petition was submitted by a former manager at SSFL and current consultant to the Department of Energy, which is one of the polluters at SSFL.

“Our ATSDR environmental health scientists …