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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 …

NBC4 Investigates Potential Offsite SSFL Contamination

On Tuesday November 9, NBC4 aired a new installment in its investigation of the contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. “LA’s Nuclear Secret: Camp Cover-Up” revealed new documents regarding contaminants from SSFL that have migrated to the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, location of a year-round children’s camp. A follow up to that investigation ran on November 19, revealing more information about the contamination.

The investigations can be viewed below, and NBC4 has created dedicated webpages with additional information on the investigation:

The exploration into SSFL contamination …