Category: Nuclear Safety

San Onofre Update

On December 2, 1942, the first high level nuclear waste in the world was created. Three quarters of a century later there is still no permanent repository for such waste. We created immensely dangerous stuff with no thought as to how to safely dispose of it.

Irradiated nuclear fuel is among the most toxic materials on earth. The waste has to be isolated from the human environment for about half a million years, a period longer than our existence as a species. Our government has existed for a mere 230 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been around for about …

Radiation Protection Standards Weakened CBG and PEER to File Suit

EARLIER THIS YEAR, DESPITE YEARS OF EFFORTS by Bridge the Gap, EPA issued new Protective Action Guides (PAGs) which dramatically weaken protection of the public from exposure to radiation. The PAGs allow the public to drink water contaminated with radioactivity at levels thousands of times higher than the Safe Drinking Water Act permits, without any action taken to protect them from
such exposures.

The PAGs also would allow long-term contamination of areas so high (the equivalent of thousands of chest X-rays a year) that EPA’s own official estimates are that every fourth person would get a cancer from the radiation, …

Committee to Bridge the Gap’s Comments on DTSC’s Proposed Regulations for Toxicity Criteria for Human Health Risk Assessment

Re:  DTSC Reference Number R-2016-8 20 September 2017
CBG Toxicity Criteria Rule Comments. (pdf)
DTSC Toxicity Criteria Excel Sheet Comparison. (pdf)

Appropriate toxicity criteria for human health risk assessments are critical for protecting the public from toxic materials. The federal government establishes minimum levels of protection, a floor so to speak, and California policy has long required the use of California standards when more protective than the federal ones. Consistent with this, on 11 November 2016, DTSC proposed regulations, which would have required the use of the most protective toxicity criteria.

DTSC has now, however, backed off from …

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 …