Category Archives: Nuclear Safety

SANTA SUSANA: The Battle for Cleanup Continues

SSFL ProtestsThe battle to ensure a full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab increased in intensity in 2016 and 2017. The state and federal agencies that had promised cleanup took ever more troubling steps to break their commitments. The cleanup agreements signed in 2010 promised completion by 2017; the agencies have dragged their feet so much that cleanup, if it ever occurs, won’t even begin by then. We keep fighting; concerned elected officials keep pushing; and the media keeps probing.

The NBC4 I-team aired the sixth and seventh segments in their Emmy Award-winning “LA’s Nuclear Secret” series on the SSFL …

DOE’s Draft EIS Violates Federal Law, DOE’s Written Agreement with California and Leaves Up to 94% of Contamination at SSFL Not Cleaned Up

On January 6, 2017 the Department of Energy (DOE) released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for its proposed cleanup of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), the site of a partial nuclear meltdown and numerous other radioactive and toxic chemical releases. In the DEIS, DOE has proposed three alternative cleanup plans. All three of DOE’s cleanup plans violate the legally binding agreement DOE signed with California in 2010. All three options call for leaving vast amounts of contamination at SSFL without being cleaned up, so it will continue to migrate offsite to people living nearby. One …

Year-Long Investigation into LA’s Nuclear Secrets

All five parts of this ground-breaking investigative series can be watched by clicking here.

In 2015, The investigative team from NBC4 Los Angeles, led by producers Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser, ran a series of hard-hitting pieces about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Over a year of intensive research, including interviews with CBG’s Dan Hirsch, exposed new revelations: During the partial meltdown in 1959, radiation levels in the reactor building were so high that worker radiation badges were confiscated and huge loading doors were opened to vent the radioactivity right out into the environment.

Earlier, the founder of a …